Facebook sees 68% rise in Hong Kong gov’t data requests in first half of 2016

The number of data requests the Hong Kong government made to tech giant Facebook increased by 68 per cent during first half of 2016, compared to the second half of last year. The number has been rising steadily since the the social network began publishing the number of requests in 2013. In the first six months of 2016, there were 190 requests, compared to 113 between July and December 2015.

【帖文玩大咗】網民屢發表驚人言論 律師指「戴頭盔」未必免責

網絡發展一日千里,討論區、社交平台愈發興盛,現時基本上人人都可透過不同渠道發表意見及評論,網上討論氣氛亦相當熱烈。網上言論真假難辨,故此常有人說「上網勿認真」、「認真你就輸了」。不過今次事件原文作者早已開宗明義表明故事純粹虛構,但仍被網民舉報,難道網上「戴頭盔」亦難以逃避負任?

Facebook sees 212% increase in Hong Kong gov’t user information requests

Hong Kong government departments have submitted more user information requests to social media networks over the past three years, though there is a general decrease in the number of overall information requests, a report has showed.

Court overturns sentence of lawmaker Ted Hui over clashes during district council meeting

The High Court has overturned a bind-over order of the Democratic Party’s lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung over clashes with security guards at a district council meeting in 2014. Hui was charged with assault after staging a sit-in protest in 2014 against the “black box” decision-making process of the Central and Western District Council. Although a magistrate acquitted Hui last year, he ordered the lawmaker to sign a year-long good behaviour bond at the prosecution’s request. Hui appealed against the sentence and won on Friday.

‘King of judicial review’ to challenge Finance Sec.’s refusal to answer lawmaker questions

Kwok Cheuk-kin, a Cheung Chau resident nicknamed the “king of judicial review,” is to bring a legal challenge against Finance Secretary John Tsang after the official refused to answer questions from four pro-democracy lawmakers, HKFP has learned.

《新聞透視》法政匯思談弱勢群體的法律保障

法政匯思目前正和多個團體及立法會議員合作,就弱勢人士在法庭刑事聆訊中的程序及舉證責任進行研究。法政匯思希望引進相關的法律改革,一方面提高對弱勢群體的保障,另一面使不法之徒不至逍遙法外。今集「新聞透視」(連結在下面)報導中度智障人士疑被院舍院長性侵,律政司撤銷控訴一事,亦提到了我們在這方面的工作,有興趣的朋友不妨一看。

Hong Kong Lawmaker Purge Risks Tipping Balance in China’s Favor

Hong Kong moved to oust four more pro-democracy lawmakers, an escalation of a weeks-long oath-taking controversy that threatens to tip the balance of power in China’s favor in the city’s legislature. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to disqualify the legislators on grounds they failed to properly deliver their oaths of office before taking up their seats in October. Those targeted for removal included Nathan Law, 23, a leader of the 2014 Occupy Central protests, and Leung “Long Hair” Kwok-hung, 60, a long-time antagonist of the chief executive.

The People of Hong Kong vs. The People’s Republic of China

Hong Kong’s colonial past is still alive in the city’s courtrooms. There, judges are called “my lord” or “my lady,” and barristers stride in black robes and heavy wigs that ripple with thick skeins of horsehair. The scenes connote sobriety, stability, and, for many Hong Kongers, equality before the law — even though they unfold within the People’s Republic of China, where legal proceedings are cloaked in mystery.

Hong Kong Lawyers Protest Beijing’s Overreach

The Progressive Lawyers Group says the ruling has gone well beyond an interpretation of the Basic Law as it effectively prescribes matters within the remit of Hong Kong domestic law, which is a power not accorded to Beijing under the existing Basic Law framework of Hong Kong.

人大釋法「未審結先判案」,北京部署「借誓而噬」

11月7日,香港經歷了九七回歸以來第五次「人大釋法」。全國人大常委會以155票全票通過,解釋香港《基本法》第104條條文內容。然而,相關的司法覆核案件未「未審結」,人大釋法已「先判案」,而它的矛頭直指主權與政治效忠。 人大正式釋法前一夜,11月6日晚上,部分示威者參加香港民間人權陣線發起的反釋法遊行後,突然轉到中聯辦示威。跟警察一輪衝突後,示威者紛紛走到德輔道西,佔據全部行車線,與警方對峙。

Court in Hong Kong Hears Case Against Two Pro-Independence Lawmakers

After more than three weeks of confusion and controversy at Hong Kong’s legislature over the oaths of two rebel lawmakers, on Thursday a court heard a judicial review brought by the government on the powers of the Legislative Council president, and whether Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus “Baggio” Leung could still hold on to their seats.

This week, Beijing is putting Hong Kong’s judicial independence on the line

(Quartz) As the Hong Kong government takes to the courts to challenge the right of two pro-independence politicians to swear in as lawmakers in the city’s legislature, many are looking to the judiciary as the last line of defense against Beijing’s growing encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy.

指現條例不足保障精神缺損者 法改會倡議 禁職員院友性接觸

康橋之家前院長張健華涉嫌與智障女院友非法性交,因事主未能出庭作供獲律政司撤銷控罪,引發社會關注。法律改革委員會昨推出有關性罪行的新一輪諮詢,承認現時本港針對精神缺損人士的性罪行條例過時不足,建議任何程度的精神紊亂或弱智人士,都應受特定性罪行條例保障;以及禁止所有院舍照顧者與精神缺損院友發生性行為。

Student who allegedly bought votes will not face investigation because amount ‘immaterial’ – report

University of Hong Kong student Printa Zhu Ke will not face investigation over a bribery allegation because the university’s governing council considered the amount involved to be “immaterial,” Ming Pao has reported.

保良局禁教師通訊平台政治表態 推新守則「為免影響學生」 違規可被炒

擁有41間中小學的辦學團體保良局早前推出教職員行為守則,除規管教師收禮物、賭博及申報破產外,更設一欄講述「政治立場」,禁止教師以學校平台發放政治立場信息,規限教師不應以私人通訊平台向學生或工作有關持份者發放政治立場訊息,嚴重違規者可被終止職務。有教師憂慮言論自由受限,甚至部分教學會犯規。

【宣誓風波】終院判決指有三權分立 楊岳橋斥范太誤導港人

人大常委范徐麗泰今稱《基本法》沒有提及三權分立,法政匯思召集人任建峰反駁,終審法院的判決清楚指明《基本法》有訂明三權分立原則,質疑范徐麗泰無視終審法院,「一係佢唔識,一係有心誤導香港市民」。

Hong Kong does not have separation of powers, only judicial independence, says pro-Beijing heavyweight

Pro-Beijing heavyweight Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai has said that Hong Kong does not have separation of powers as it is not written in the territory’s mini-constitution. Lawyer Alan Wong of the Progressive Lawyers Group slammed Fan for “completely misinterpreting” Hong Kong’s mini-constitution.

【宣誓風波】梁游或失議員資格 法律界:兩人是否拒絕宣誓成重點

特區政府史無前例入稟法院司法覆核及申請臨時禁制令,圖阻止青年新政梁頌恆及游蕙禎再次宣誓及正式就任立法會議員;有法律界人士認為,案中最具爭議的法律觀點,是梁游兩人是否已拒絕或忽略作出誓言,從而須被取消就任資格。亦有律師冀法庭可釐清一旦兩人被取消議員資格,應由哪一方執行。

政府司法覆核阻宣誓 湯家驊:不覺破壞三權分立 法政匯思葉海琅:打開壞先例

行政長官梁振英及律政司向法院申請緊急聆訊,尋求司法覆核許可,阻止「青年新政」立法會議員梁頌恆及游蕙禎再次宣誓。法政匯思發言人葉海琅大律師接受《立場新聞》訪問時,批評律政司做法是打開了壞先例,影響香港的三權分立。不過民主思路召集人湯家驊卻不認為事件破壞三權分立,反質疑立法會主席梁君彥是否有權否決監誓人的決定。

雷霆881 在晴朗的一天出發:任建峰對謝偉俊等人的回應

任建峰認為泰國拘禁黃之峰的過程違反國際公約,因為他並未有被告知拘禁原因,如果純粹遣反,就應該盡快讓他離開,而不是拘留十幾小時;而且當日有多班航班前往香港,而無須留十幾小時。