【法政巴絲】北風繼續吹

//一直以來,中央和香港政府對香港人的民意置若罔聞,香港人積累不滿只是自然而然。香港球迷「噓」國歌,只是屬於皮毛的表象而已。國家不尊重人民,人民又如何尊重國家?以法律強逼人民愛國,就像北風要吹走人的外衣一樣,只會把人趕跑。// - 方翊 @ 法政巴絲

Looming national security laws raise fresh fears for Hong Kong’s freedoms

Amid calls from Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing elite for sweeping new national security laws, government advisers and lawyers say the legislation is likely to be tougher than proposals shelved 14 years ago, raising fears about the city’s cherished freedoms. Those demanding urgency for the long-delayed Article 23 are using a fledgling independence movement in the former British colony as justification – even though the independence debate would have been allowed when Article 23 was first proposed in 2003. Lawyers, diplomats and activists fear the new pressure could lead to legal “overkill” in an open city already struggling with increased interference from Beijing’s Communist Party rulers.

All parties deny involvement after US arrests ex-Hong Kong top official Patrick Ho on multi-million dollar bribery charges

All parties involved in the alleged bribery scheme engulfing former Hong Kong official Patrick Ho have denied any involvement, after the Ugandan foreign ministry said it was erroneous to link its minister to Ho. Ho, 68, was arrested in New York last weekend. He stands accused of facilitating multi-million dollar bribes destined for top officials in Chad and Uganda. The funds were transferred via Hong Kong and New York on behalf of a Chinese company to allegedly secure oil rights. If convicted, he faces 20 years in jail. Jason Y. Ng, a New York-qualified attorney and member of the Progressive Lawyers Group, gave HKFP his views on the incident.

任建峰:澳洲同性婚權調查與香港平權運動

上星期,澳洲近月所作的同性婚權全民郵寄問卷調查結果出爐。在近八成參與了問卷調查的選民當中,約62%支持同性戀者享有婚權。結果一出,香港不少同志平權推動者都表示感到鼓舞,認為香港亦應盡快在這議題上仿效澳洲及其他西方國家。 我個人支持在宗教團體得到有限度但仍要合理的保障前提下的民事同性婚權,但我同樣認為香港同志平權運動要謹慎演繹澳洲問卷調查結果,然後再評估他們在香港可怎樣向前走。

Transport chief defends transparency of co-location plan

Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan said the government has been doing its best to make the co-location deal between Hong Kong and mainland China as transparent as possible. He dismissed criticism that the co-location arrangement is a “black box” operation, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. Barrister Chris Ng Chung-luen, a spokesperson for the Progressive Lawyers Group, said Hong Kong courts might refuse to accept any challenge against the plan once it is approved and endorsed by the NPCSC, to the detriment of ”one country, two systems”.

黃啟暘、鄭焯謙及何旳匡談法治及權力分立 (Talk on separation of powers and rule of law)

近日我們的成員黃啟暘、鄭焯謙及何旳匡到香港兆基創意書院與數班該校的中四學生分享法治及權力分立的概念。 法政匯思非常樂意與學術機構進行法律問題的探討,並期待未來更多合作。

【法政巴絲】大律師?邊度大呀?睇過!

//希望各位看畢我們成員寶福山雅治的文章之後,可以了解到事務律師和大律師的分別和關係。更不要再問身邊的律師朋友「幾時升做大律師呀?」//

Darcy Davison-Roberts interviewed in The Helper Documentary

Darcy Davison-Roberts, Progressive Lawyers Group member, human rights lawyer and advocate of foreign domestic workers' rights, was interviewed in The Helper Documentary. For those who have not seen it, the documentary is an honest and heartfelt portrait of foreign domestic workers leading challenging lives in Hong Kong. The documentary highlights the complicated and often sacrificial choice these women make by coming to Hong Kong to work for our families. The documentary’s aim is to highlight these incredible women and foster appreciation and empathy towards them.

【法政巴絲】所謂「合夥」

究竟律師樓的合夥人有甚麼千絲萬縷的關係?究竟他們之間又如何協調呢?對泛民協調補選又有甚麼啟示?今期我們的成員Derrica C 有很多趣事同大家分享!

Any law requiring Hongkongers to stand for national anthem would be ‘unrealistic’ and ‘impractical’ – legal experts

Legal experts have said that the requirement to stand when the national anthem is played is unrealistic and impractical, after China’s top legislature passed a decision to insert the new national anthem law into the Annex III of the Basic Law.

法律界倡電視停播國歌免擾民

內地版本的《國歌法》要求奏唱國歌時,在場人員應當肅立。現時本港多個電視頻道都會定期播放國歌,法政匯思召集人蔡騏指,若聽見國歌便要肅立,「好似『123、紅綠燈』咁,過馬路都要停,唔realistic(現實)」,認為法例應規定播放國歌及需要肅立的場合,「泰國睇戲前會播國歌,遊客都會企起身,如果唔想就遲啲入場」。

Tsang boosts high-powered legal team

The high-powered legal team of former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam- kuen appears to be ready with a strong argument against a second retrial on a graft charge being ordered at the High Court today. "If a verdict cannot be reached after two trials it really says something about the quality of evidence and the nature of the charge," said barrister Randy Shek of the Progressive Lawyers Group.

However, he added, it is not a formal rule and there could be an exception given Tsang's status as a former top official and the gravity of the charge.

【法政巴絲】瞇埋眼就睇唔到?

天氣稍涼,怕冷的女友已嚷着要去台灣浸溫泉。我剛好完成了一個大 project,請了一天假,便雙雙去享受長周末了。

碰巧台北舉行同志遊行,一向支持同志平權的女友拉着我一起去湊熱鬧,說要慶祝台灣有望同性婚姻合法化。其實我原本不太願意參加,因為難得放假外遊,竟然將時間花在與我無關的遊行上,但11萬人歡樂共融的氣氛感染了我。乘車前往集合地點時,因封路而塞車,但司機沒有半點不滿。3小時的遊行路線經過很多主要道路,當局非常配合地封路或指揮交通,沒有將遊行人士視為搞事份子的敵意。途人和沿途商戶會為大家打氣,沒投訴阻礙做生意。可見台灣人很尊重大家表達意見的權利。

法律界料一般不重審 身分特殊有變數

法政匯思成員、大律師石書銘則指,控方須考慮公眾利益、重審會否對被告造成不公及控罪嚴重性等,再決定是否申請重審。他指,一般而言案件兩次未能達至有效裁決,控方都不會申請重審,惟這並非法例,沒有約束力,加上本案所牽涉的人物本身地位和行為相對特別,若控方申請重審亦可理解。

社會對同性戀者的偏見

因荷李活大亨溫斯坦(Harvey Weinstein)涉嫌性侵犯女性而燃起的指控名人性侵犯趨勢繼續蔓延。最新而又知名度最高的被指控者,是殿堂級演員奇雲史帕西(Kevin Spacey)。根據美國演員Anthony Rapp的指控,他在14歲時曾被當時26歲的史帕西企圖性侵犯。

法政匯思:主席之決定權是否至高無上?

立法會財務委員會主席陳健波計劃用主席權力,推出「主席指引」,限制議員拉布。由於他是行駛主席權力,故認為不需要聽取委員之意見,亦不需要作投票表決。到底主席權力是否至高無上,讓主席能按個人喜好去訂下規則進行會議?

作為財委會主席,最重要的責任是確保會議能順利進行,因此,理論上主席似乎應有絕對權力作個人判斷,但實際執行時是否需要按照合理的標準?

其實這問題在法律層面上仍無確實答案,而事實上,令人感到無奈的案例在其他國家亦偶有出現。

【國歌法】馬恩國引述立法五核心 法律組織︰只是自說自話

全國人大常委會即將審議將《國歌法》納入《基本法》附件三,香港政府發言人今午(2日)表示,準備以本地立法方式實施《國歌法》,未立法前不會執法。不過,正隨團訪京的民建聯執業大律師馬恩國引述基本法委員會主任李飛稱,港府要處理刑事部分,並指《國歌法》至少有五點「核心要素不能少」。

有本地法律組織認為,由於須經本地立法,所謂核心要素,都只是自說自話。有律師質疑,民政事務局轄下委員會所製廣告截取國歌並穿插對白,都屬「二次創作」。

基本法與法治 (Basic Law and Rule of Law)

日前法政匯思成員吳宗鑾大律師受邀到香港教育大學作客席講者,向約40位大學生講解基本法,何謂法治,及基本法的實踐。