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).)

As anti-gay sentiment in Hong Kong grows, LGBTQ children’s books are disappearing from shelves

Progressive Lawyers Group member Geoffrey Yeung shared his views with Vox on the recent events in Hong Kong which pushed back on #LGBTQ rights including the Hong Kong government’s decision to remove LGBTQ-themed children’s books from public libraries and the Hong Kong’s high court’s decision to overturn a landmark ruling that gave health benefits to the husband of a male civil servant.

法政匯思:有咩驅使你做個忠實嘅支持者,係愛定係責任呀? 文:鍾定英

球迷忠誠地支持心愛的球隊是愛,也是責任;香港作為我們的家園,難道就不值得我們的一點關心嗎?七一將近,要做香港的忠實支持者,還是大難臨頭各自飛的「勝利球迷」,你懂的。

七一遊行﹕年度報告 (July 1 March: Annual Report)

我們會在今年七一遊行派發這記錄了法政匯思過去一年的工作的單張。總結一下,我們刊發了10份及另外簽署了7份正式聲明、參與了17次會議、公開論壇、學校講座及立法會專家小組會議、與各傳媒就各議題提供了超過180次法律觀點及意見、寫作了超過120份文章、與其他眾多的親民主派專業團體(特別是「一地兩檢關注組」)參與了各種重要的工作。

法政匯思:誰要為調查委員會的報告負上法律責任? 文:吳宗鑾

行政長官林鄭月娥早前宣布引用《調查委員會條例》成立調查委員會調查沙中綫鋼筋施工問題。這當然不是政府第一次成立調查委員會,較近期的,如南丫島海難及鉛水事件,政府也曾就這些牽涉重大公眾利益的事件,成立過類似的調查委員會。 那麼,所謂的調查委員會是如何組成的?誰去決定它的職權範圍?它的權力有那些?接受調查的人士或機構,是否需要負上刑事或民事的法律責任?這些問題,我們都可以透過《調查委員會條例》(香港法例第86章)(“該條例”) (以下條文除特別註明,皆來自該條例)略窺一二。

【法政巴絲】律師費(二)

之前有兩期其他巴絲都寫了關於律師費的文章,我今期就同大家講下律師的時間記錄(time sheet)。相信很多讀者都知道,律師樓的律師都是按鐘收費的。就一般國際律師事務所來說,合夥人的收費大概每小時收取港幣7,000到港幣9,000,甚至過萬都有。律師的每小時收費則按年資而定,大約港幣3,000多到港幣6,000多不等,而見習律師則收取約每小時港幣2,000多的費用。