Episode 72: The Bleeding Bauhinia — A Conversation with Wilson Leung

In this episode, we chat with Wilson Leung, who is a founding member of the Progressive Lawyers Group 法政匯思 — a group of Hong Kong lawyers dedicated to promoting rule of law, democracy, human rights, freedom and justice — about the recent extradition bill protests in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong: Protestors circle justice secretary building

Fresh protests mount pressure on Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam Hundreds of demonstrators surrounded on Thursday the office of Hong Kong’s justice official, demanding local authorities to release arrested protesters and complete withdrawal of controversial extradition bill. More than 200 demonstrators gathered early in the morning at Hong Kong’s Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng’s … Continue reading Hong Kong: Protestors circle justice secretary building

UK urges independent probe of June 12 clashes

The British government will cease to issue any export licenses for crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong Police for concerns of human rights violation. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, echoed by many others in Hong Kong, including the Progressive Lawyer Group, Chan Man-mun S.C. and former Chief Secretary Anson Chan, urges for a independent investigation panel to be set up to investigate whether the use of force on June 12 was consistent with guidelines.

Hong Kong police quit posts at two city hospitals after complaining they were verbally abused over extradition bill arrests

Barrister Chris Ng Chung-luen, who also signed the petition, said the police misunderstood their power. He said the privacy exemption cited by the association was not exercised by the officers themselves, but by the hospitals. That means if hospital staff decline to pass on patients’ information to officers, police cannot force them to do so.

民權觀察接3嚴重個案

法政匯思成員楊嘉瑋認為,特首應成立獨立調查委員會調查警權濫用問題,「搵真相、搵原因、檢討制度問題」。因委員會有運用司法程序權力,又有傳召專家與政府官員能力,加上制度保障受害證人不會因出庭而成為在場證據被秋後算賬。委員會主席多數由退休大法官擔任,較投訴警察課及監警會獨立。他續指,警隊可向委員會申請資料保密,由委員會審視及批核,保障警方機密。國際特赦組織補充,過去10年聯合國已三度批評香港監警制度不夠獨立。

法政匯思:要求政府成立獨立調查委員會專責調查 6.12事件

法政匯思要求政府成立獨立調查委員會,專責調查警方在6月12日過度使用武力的情況、檢討執法部門使用武力指引等。

11監警前委員聯署促獨立委會查

警方被指濫權對付反修例示威者,民間組織及部分前高官等都呼籲成立獨立調查委員會,但港府堅持以現有監警制度處理投訴。11名監警會前委員昨聯署呼籲政府接納社會要求成立獨立調查委員會,盡快重建警民互信。法政匯思成員楊嘉緯稱,過往政府多次成立獨立調查委員會,是一個司法程序,亦可把相關調查文件保密,不能用於其他民事或刑事審訊,對所有人、尤其是投訴人有保障。他認為獨立調查委員會「可作根本性、制度上的改變,希望不會再出現6.12事件」。

Five Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protesters were arrested at public hospitals whilst seeking treatment

Chris Ng, convener of the Progressive Lawyers’ Group, said the admissibility evidence gathered at hospitals may be challenged in court if it was gathered by police in an unlawful manner. But he said police may also point to evidence that was not gathered at hospitals.

法政匯思:獨立調查委員會查6.12事件非針對警隊 

楊嘉瑋說,獨立調查委員會可在某些情況下,將部分聆訊或文件保密,若警方認為有些文件屬行動機密,亦可向委員會申請保密,而證人在委員會的作供亦不能用於其他刑事或民事訴訟中,對證人保障更大。

Hong Kong police accused of harassing hospital staff during searches for extradition bill protesters as medical and legal professionals call on officers to behave

Barrister Chris Ng Chung-luen, from the Progressive Lawyers’ Group, said that if it could be proven that police gathered evidence at the hospital in an illegal way, its admissibility in court could be challenged. However, police may not just rely on evidence gathered at a hospital, he said.

醫管局:知悉三宗警公院內拘捕行動 涉伊院仁濟廣華

法政匯思召集人吳宗鑾表示,如果警方涉非法蒐證,相關證據或未能呈堂,但亦有機會被法庭接納。

譴責圍警總 警列6行為嚴肅跟進 示威者激光射警臉 大樓內豎紙牌槍靶回應

法政匯思召集人李安然稱,初步看包圍警總可被視為未經批准的集會,激光射眼或會被指企圖傷人或傷人,堵塞出入口則或被視為故意阻撓在正當執行職務的警務人員,而擲蛋、塗鴉、膠紙遮閉路電視均有可能被指刑事毁壞。他認同若有獨立調查委員會,可全面剖析6月12日的衝突。

一人掟磚 集結者均可被控

警務處處長盧偉聰曾在6.12衝突後,公開表示將當日示威定性為暴動,及後改口表示只是「有啲人干犯咗暴動罪」,並非整個活動屬於暴動,當日沒參與任何暴力行為者不用擔心觸犯暴動罪。但根據《公安條例》第19條,法政匯思召集人李安然認為盧的說法並不成立,「如果你真係有班人非法集結埋一齊,就算你其中一個人掟磚都好,其他屬於嗰個集結嘅人都會係叫做暴動」

Hong Kong Police Face Mounting Criticism Over Use of Force on Protesters

Progressive Lawyers Group’s Billy Li shared his views with Radio Free Asia on the police’s designation of Hong Kong protests as “riot” saying that it is legally meaningless and was used purely for political effect.

Hong Kong protesters surround police HQ

Speaking to Anadolu Agency from Hong Kong, Angeline Chan from the Progressive Lawyers Group said the protest would continue till their demands are fulfilled.

硬食催淚彈 博士生告盧偉聰

警方6.12金鐘清場時,向民陣和平示威區發射催淚彈,險發生人踩人。香港科技大學博士生吳嘉倫上周五入稟小額錢債審裁處,向警務處處長盧偉聰索償五萬元,7月30日聆訊。按現行制度,盧需親自上庭或派出代表應訊,否則審裁官可判其敗訴。吳指盧偉聰必須為襲擊和平示威者負責。

法政匯思召集人Jason Y. Ng接受澳門平台訪問

法政匯思的Jason Y. Ng提出截然相反的觀點,這涉及提高公眾對香港法律 制度、權利、自由和保障的法律風險的 認識。他與政府的論點背道而馳:「香港 從來不是成為逃犯或罪犯的避風港,政 府利用這一論點來製造一場不存在的危 機,並為法律辯護。」大規模的抗議活動 的結果令律師感到高興:「我們認為,在 雨傘運動結束後,抗議者沒有取得切實 的政治利益,人們已經擺脫了這些原因 而厭倦了示威活動,但我們看到的是一 群相信價值,並認為是值得為自己的城 市去爭取的群眾。」

吳宗鑾出席香港電台節目《學人串社科》討論法治政治

每每社會上頗受爭議的案件判決一出,不少人都高呼法治已死;政府「依足程序」通過律法原來也不等如法治?「法治」為什麼不等同「法律」?法治概念在不同的法制、政制會有怎樣不一樣的體現?《學人串社科》邀請了法政匯思召集人吳宗鑾及大律師吳靄儀一起討論法治政治,思考法治與每個人的關係。

【逃犯條例三部曲放映會】女觀眾憂心爆喊 中三學生:林鄭下台會有更可恥嘅上任?

「逃犯條例三部曲放映會」於6月19號晚在蘋果大樓內順利舉行,觀眾反應熱烈。放映會由資深傳媒人區家麟任主持,與一眾嘉賓包括法政匯思李安然大律師、《漸暗漸行》導演阮智謙、《砧板上》導演葉嘉麟、《動物逃犯篇》導演金剛Crew的許賢及豪哥,分享拍攝感受及解答觀眾疑問。

香港抗議者擔心北京方面的反彈

進步律師組織“法政匯思”的梁允信說:“我認為人們擔心的是,一旦國際注意力轉移,北京方面將再次試圖對香港實施鐵腕控制。”