【何志平涉貪】同時被捕卻未被起訴 前塞內加爾外長獲撤控或轉任污點證人

前民政事務局局長何志平涉貪在美國被檢控,至今仍在還柙。同案另一被告、前塞內加爾外長加迪奧(Cheikh Gadio)日前卻獲司法部撤銷控罪。有美國律師認為加迪奧或提供重要證據轉做污點證人,將會對何志平非常不利。

何志平案「中間人」獲撤指控 塞內加爾前外長甩身 代表:續與美方合作

民政事務局前局長何志平涉賄非洲國家政要而在美國被捕一案,同案的塞內加爾前外長、被指為何志平做中間人的加迪奧(Cheikh Gadio),於美國時間上周五(14日)獲控方撤回指控。有美國執業律師估計,控方撤銷指控可能因為證據不足或蒐證程序出錯,亦不排除加迪奧以提供更有力證據頂證何志平作為交換,現階段難判斷事件對何志平的案件有何影響。

Interview with Hong Kong International Business Channel

Progressive Lawyers Group Convenor Craig Choy joined Talk The Walk hosted by Harminder Singh of the Hong Kong International Business Channel this week to discuss a series of legal and political issues. 

Interview with RTHK

Progressive Lawyers Group member Wilson Leung attended RTHK's Backchat together with Philip Dykes (human rights lawyer and Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association), Lawrence Ma (barrister, Executive Council Chairman of the Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation and Carole Peterson (Former Director of the Centre of Comparative and Public Law of the University of Hong Kong) to discuss the recent criticism and personal attacks on judges.  

黃耀明嘉賓分享 (Sharing by Anthony Wong Yiu-ming)

上星期,法政匯思非常榮幸能邀得知名唱作人兼「大愛同盟」成員黃耀明到我們的每月聚會作嘉賓。黃耀明及其所屬的組合「達明一派」擅長於作品中表達社會議題。當晚他與一眾法政匯思成員員分享他從1986年出道以來的心路歷程,包括影響他的社會事件、「雨傘運動」前後藝人在內地表演的限制、個人公開「出櫃」的經歷以至對香港同志平權運動的看法。

就劉曉波先生逝世一週年之聲明 (Statement on the 1st Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Passing)

今天是劉曉波先生逝世一週年的忌日。法政匯思與世界各地一起,緬懷劉曉波先生在倡導中國自由和民主中作出的無畏和無私的犧牲 (Today is the 1st Anniversary of Mr. Liu Xiao Bo's passing. The Progressive Lawyers Group stands united with the rest of the world in remembrance of his fearless and selfless sacrifices made for advocating freedom and democracy in China).

Hong Kong lawyers and activists hold silent protest 3 years into China’s crackdown on human rights lawyers

A group of lawyers and activists including the Progressive Lawyers Group held a silent protest on Monday outside Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal, marking the third anniversary of the Chinese government’s large-scale crackdown on human rights lawyers.

709事件默站抗議 (Protest against 709 Crackdown)

昨天為709大抓捕的三周年。然而,內地對維權律師的打壓仍未遏止 (Yesterday marked the 3rd anniversary of the 709 Crackdown carried out in the PRC against human rights lawyers. Even so, the widespread oppression of human rights lawyers continues).

「709」事件三週年 團體終院外默站 促北京釋放內地維權律師

中國維權律師關注組今日傍晚(9日)連同法律界人士,於終審法院門外默站7分09秒,以表達毋忘3年前的7月9日,大批內地維權律師遭拘捕事件。 關注組主席何俊仁要求內地,立即釋放被捕律師及人士,並停止所有秋後算賬的行為,他強調「律師的天職是法律制度之下,爭取每個人都應有的權利,伸張法律公義。」

Homeowners overcharged for estate maintenance as obscure Link Reit deal with Hong Kong gov’t revealed

Homeowners in some subsidised housing estates could have paid millions of dollars more in maintenance fees than is required under a little known agreement between the government and management firm Link Reit.

【QT案】港法院首承認外地同志結合 組織籲不應「佛系」處理同志政策

對於女同志QT終極勝訴,法政匯思成員、大律師楊嘉瑋指出,今次是本港法院首次承認外地同志結合,並歡迎今次終院裁決。楊稱QT勝訴,或為港府應如何對待外國結合的同志伴侶帶來更多啟示,例如外國結合的同志伴侶應否在港獲得更多權利,包括繼承財產及伴侶醫療等權利。楊認為,政府應反思現行對待外國結合同志伴侶的政策是否足夠。

法政匯思:沙中線的調查比較 文:Billy Li

近日港鐵沙中線的工程接連被揭發施工問題,政府宣佈成立獨立調查委員會以進行調查,而立法會亦曾討論要以《立法會(權力及特權)條例》進行調查。兩種調查,有什麼分別? 以公眾利益着眼,孰優孰劣呢?

七一遊行﹕衷心感謝 (July 1 March: Full of Gratitute)

法政匯思由衷地感謝今年七一仍然無懼烈日和風雨出來遊行的每位香港市民 (Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you who braved the sunshine and the rain to march on 1 July).

“Für die Demokratie kämpfen”

Craig Choy of Progressive Lawyers Group told Tagesschau (a German television news service) that rule of law in Hong Kong is still fairly satisfactory but we are facing threats from all front, from the pro-government establishment to Chinese government. That is why we must defend the rule of law.

Hong Kong’s July 1 pro-democracy march: is it worth attending or not?

July 1, an ambivalent occasion for many, marks the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the United Kingdom to China. 21 years ago, despite widespread cynicism, ex-governor Chris Patten welcomed this momentous occasion labelling it a “cause for celebration.” However, as the story has unfolded, it seems that the scepticism of many has borne more and more weight. After all, the ‘one-country, two systems’ policy for Hong Kong was the brainchild of the same Chinese leader, who less than a decade ago, summoned hoards of armed soldiers and a mob of tanks to commit one of the deadliest massacres of the 20th century.

【法政巴絲】今鋪堅係愛與責任呀!

「香港人,係乜嘢驅使你今年7.1又出嚟遊行呀?係貪得意丫,定行禮如儀呀?」 「係中聯辦同黨報不會懂的堅‧愛同責任呀!」 老老竇竇,喺呢個政府對民情置若罔聞嘅世代,一埸社會運動嘅所謂「成功」,不在於有冇帶來咩實則嘅改革,而在於參與人數的多寡。你會話:挑!咁做嚟做乜?

法政匯思:孤獨的公義路上,需要你我的支持 文:畢.離地

據報,今年七一遊行的人數將創新低。可是,去年社會上不公事情的數目卻創新高。公義路上總是孤獨漫長,但若有你我一同在遊行中,至少還能讓大家都有堅持下去的動力。

Does Hong Kong’s annual July 1 democracy march violate the law? An analysis and rebuttal

July 1 – the day which marks Hong Kong’s handover to China. July 1 – the day known for its celebratory fireworks display, but more importantly, for its symbolic annual march. In the two decades since the establishment of the Special Administrative Region, the march has become synonymous with political discontent, serving as a platform for the public and pro-democracy activists to lobby for genuine democracy and universal suffrage. In 2003, 500,000 demonstrators joined the march, forcing the government into an embarrassing climb-down on its proposed national security law.

地厚天高 (Lost In the Fumes)

上月底,法政匯思有幸能邀得電影《地厚天高》的導演林子穎小姐及監製崔允信先生到我們的每月聚會作嘉賓,與一眾會員分享電影的創作背景,並探討香港獨立電影的定位和出路。(We were honoured to have Miss Nora Lam, Director of Lost in Fumes, and Mr Vincent Chui, Executive Producer of the movie, join us at our monthly meeting in June. They shared with us the background of the movie and the future of Hong Kong's independent movie industry.)

七一遊行 (Annual Pro-democracy July 1 March)

自2015年成立以來,法政匯思積極參與過共三次由民間人權陣線組織的七一遊行。 本週日我們的成員將再次參與遊行和在灣仔軒尼詩道344號昌業大廈對出位置(近天樂里)擺設街站。(The Progressive Lawyers Group has taken an active part in each of the 3 annual July 1 marches organised by the Civil Human Rights Front since it was established in 2015. It will again do so this Sunday. Our members will be marching in force and setting up a street stall near Cheong Ip Building, 344 Hennessy Road, Wanchai (near Tin Lok Lane).)