Photo credit: 蕭雲
Photo credit: 蕭雲
踏入三週年，我們的代表人物任建峰從召集人的崗位卸任，由吳宗鑾(大律師)接棒成為召集人，並有兩位成員加入核心小組，他們分別是Jason Y. Ng (美國執業律師) 及陳信忻(律師)。感謝一眾成員及嘉賓出席晚宴，也衷心欣賞大家一直以來對公義、民主的追求。如果堅守法治是一種精英心態，那麼就讓我們人人都成為精英吧。法政匯思在未來會繼續努力，在守護香港的核心價值路上，與公民社會並肩作戰!
Progressive Lawyers Group’s Third Anniversary Dinner
Stepping into our third anniversary, our co-founder Kevin Yam is passing his convenor office to Chris Ng (barrister); with two members joining the core committee, Jason Y. Ng (US practising attorney) and Angeline Chan (solicitor). The Progressive Lawyers Group thanks our members and honourable guests for attending the dinner. We salute their tireless fight for justice and democracy. If defending the rule of law is a kind of “elitist mentality”, then let every HongKonger be an elite. The PLG shall continue to safeguard the core values of Hong Kong hand in hand with civil society!
Thank you FinTV (現代電視) for interviewing our member Chris Ng on proposed co-location arrangement: 「其實我們不是不支持起高鐵，但若真的破壞了《基本法》，會留下影響深遠的法律漏洞，當中關乎香港人日後各種權利的保障，我們要思考這樣的代價是否值得。」
The video was originally broadcast in FinTV on 5 January 2018
Our member, barrister Chris Ng, was a speaker at the Education University of Hong Kong recently. He gave a talk to about 40 undergraduates about the Basic Law, what the rule of law means, and how the application of the Basic Law has evolved in Hong Kong.
關注組將於本周六 (9月16日) 與大專學界合辦「邊度檢，喺度揀」公開研討會，下午2時至5時於香港大學明華綜合大樓T1演講廳舉行。應邀出席講者包括港大法律學院教授陳文敏、港大法律學院首席講師張達明、公民黨立法會議員譚文豪、「新民主同盟」區議員譚凱邦、法政匯思代表。有興趣者請自行報名參加。
The Co-location Concern Group (which the Progressive Lawyers Group is a member of) will be hosting a seminar on the controversial co-location arrangement on 16 September (Saturday) from 2pm to 5pm at The University of Hong Kong. Please sign up if you are interested (email firstname.lastname@example.org; whatsapp to 9881 9846 or complete google form: https://goo.gl/Lq5wWK).
Progressive Lawyers Group attended today’s (20 August 2017) march in support of imprisoned New Territories development and Umbrella Movement protesters. The marchers marched from Southorn Playground to the Court of Final Appeal. Excellent turnout today. We are proud of the people of Hong Kong!
非常感謝 Pawsible 的邀請，法政匯思的成員會在2017年9月15日與愛護的朋友見面，同大家探討一下香港有關動物法律的問題，歡迎透過以下的連結報名﹕https://www.facebook.com/Pawsible.hk/posts/1015754655194856
Progressive Lawyers Group members will be speaking at a seminar on Hong Kong animal welfare legislation hosted by Pawsible on 15 September 2017. If you are interested, please sign up at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Pawsible.hk/?fref=mentions
Our solicitor member Leo Ng attended the “Cold War 2” movie sharing session held by Caritas Youth and Community Service to share his views on the rule of law with young people. He thinks that Hong Kong and neighbouring regions have quite different views on the rule of law. He recommends the version adopted by the United Nations, that is everyone is equal before the law, is subject to the law (regardless of whether it is the government or individuals), it shall ensure that universal human rights are fully protected, and the law shall be clearly promulgated by publicly recognised bodies and fairly implemented. The Progressive Lawyers Group looks forward to sharing and brainstorming different legal topics with more young people in the future.
We are selling 300 of our quick-dry towels (see photos) in support of the four disqualified lawmakers (Mr. Leung Kwok-hung, Ms. Lau Siu-lai, Mr. Nathan Law and Mr. Edward Yiu). All proceeds (gross) will go to the “Justice Defence Fund” which was set up to raise funds to cover the legal costs of the ex-lawmakers, who are facing a government judicial review that disqualified them from their seats. The towels are HK$100 each but you are welcome to contribute more. If you are interested in purchasing the towels, please leave a message here and/or send us a message. Please get a towel and spread the words, thank you!
We are honoured to have Mr. Nathan Law, Ms. Lau Siu-lai, Mr. Edward Leung and Mr. Leung Kwok-hung sharing their valuable experience with our members tonight. We look forward to further collaboration between lawmakers and different civil professional groups for the democratic development of Hong Kong.
Progressive Lawyers Group member Chris Ng attended the Co-location Concern Group‘s inaugural press conference today. The Concern Group was set up by pro-democracy lawmakers, professionals, academics, civic organisations and student bodies.
Progressive Lawyers Group Kevin Yam attended an interview with TVB News today on the controversial co-location arrangement. You can watch the interview here.
Progressive Lawyers Group Convenor Kevin Yam was interviewed by ViuTV on his views on the controversial co-location arrangement. “The situation before us is very clear, [the proposed co-location arrangement] does not conform with the Basic Law”, he said. You can watch the full interview here.
Supporters of Mr. Liu Xiabo will hold a series of global memorials today, the seventh day since his death and a highly symbolic day of mourning in Chinese tradition. Progressive Lawyers Group members attended the memorial in Tamar Park, Hong Kong tonight.
Progressive Lawyers Group attended the candlelight march on 16 July 2017 in commemoration of the late Mr. Liu Xiaobo. The march ended at the China Liaison Office where marchers paid their respect to Mr. Liu by lighting candles and presenting flowers outside the China Liaison Office.
Today marks the second anniversary of the “709 crackdown of China’s human rights lawyers”. China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, Legislative Council member Dennis Kwok and Progressive Lawyers Group stood in silence outside the Court of Final Appeal today in support of rights lawyers and activists in China.
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Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you who braved the sunshine and the rain to march on 1 July.
We are deeply grateful especially to those of you who came by our march team or our stall to find out more about our work, to make a donation or simply to wish us well. Your encouragement means the world to us and we march ahead stronger than ever before. We handed out all 1,300 copies of our annual report pamphlet and sold all 500 towels that we had on offer. Through your generosity, we were able to raise some HK$97,340. Deducting for expenditures, we will be donating HK$6,500 to the Civil Human Rights Front, who organised this march.
We are now accepting orders on our beautiful towel. If you are interested, please send us a message and we will provide you details with how to place your order.
We will be pressing ahead full steam with all sorts of activities to defend and advance the rule of law, democracy, human rights and freedom in Hong Kong and in particular, in relation to the issue of press freedom, which is our focus this year. We invite you to both to keep us in your attention and to join us in these meaningful endeavours.
Finally, whilst there will be dark days ahead for our beloved home, the determination and the love for Hong Kong each of you who took part in the annual 1 July march give us confidence that, ultimately, we will prevail.
【ANNUAL JULY 1 MARCH】
The Progressive Lawyers Group will be taking an active part in the upcoming July 1 rally organised by the Civil Human Rights Front as we have over the past 2 years. Our members will be marching and setting up a street stall near at 344 Henessy road, Wanchai. We hope to meet and greet all of you, to thank you in person for your support and to distribute a report of what we have done over the past year. We will also be selling this delightful towel designed by our members with Lady Justice on one side and a meaningful quote on the other. It can be used during sports, used to clean or simply used as a design item at home. We hope you will purchase them for yourself, your family and your friends! (Limited stock: 500 pieces only!)
We invite all members of the Hong Kong public who believe in democracy, human rights, the rule of law and freedom to join the march on the day. As Hong Kong celebrates 20 years since the Handover, it is more important than ever for us to make our voices heard loud and clear. We look forward to seeing you there.
Our sincere thanks to the wonderful Gregory Wong and the calligraphy of Draword!