法政匯思就中央對一國兩制的嚴重威脅 及香港政府針對民主派人士搜捕的聲明 (Statement on Beijing’s Serious Threat to ‘One Country, Two Systems’ and the Hong Kong Government’s Mass Arrest of Pro-democracy Activists)

We issued a statement on recent events including the Liaison Office's statement issued on 17 April and the Hong Kong Government’s mass arrest of pro-democracy activists, which seriously threaten ‘One Country, Two Systems’.

就國務院港澳事務辦公室於4月13日所作言論的聲明 (Statement on the Remarks Made by the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council on 13 April)

We issued a statement on the remarks made by the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council on 13 April, which patently run afoul of the Basic Law and the “one country, two systems" framework.

法政匯思就澳洲考慮立法制裁侵犯人權人士的陳述書 (Submissions on an Australian Magnitsky Act)

We made submissions to the Australian Parliament, urging adoption of a 'Magnitsky' sanctions regime. This would improve Australia’s commitment to defending human rights, and be in line with other democratic nations worldwide.

法政匯思就桂民海被判囚的聲明 (Statement on the Sentencing of Gui Minhai)

We issued a statement on the sentencing of Gui Minhai on 24 February 2020 for “illegally providing intelligence for overseas entities”.

法政匯思就北京回應香港高等法院有關禁蒙面法判決的聲明 (Statement on Beijing’s Reaction to High Court’s Mask Ruling)

香港高等法院於2019年11月18日裁定香港特區政府引用《緊急情況規例條例》(下稱《緊急法》)禁止市民於公眾地方蒙面的規例「不符合基本法」,並強調該於2019年10月5日起生效的規例過分地限制基本權利及自由。(On 18 November 2019, the High Court ruled that the Hong Kong SAR government’s ban on face coverings in public places under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance (the “ERO”) was “incompatible with the Basic Law” and that the new law, which had gone into effect since 5 October, imposed excessive restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms.)

法政匯思就社會進一步動盪的聲明 (Statement on Further Escalation of Social Unrest)

近日,警隊的行為就如國際特赦組織所言越見低劣。這皆因政府漠視其專家 提供的建議,並以歇斯底里、毫無章法可言的策略回應持續的動盪。(Police conduct has seen, in the words of Amnesty International, ‘another shocking low’ [1] in recent days as the Government ignored constructive feedback by its own experts and hysterically responded to the ongoing unrest without any rational strategy.)

法政匯思就香港政府引用《緊急情況規例條例》之聲明 (Statement on the Hong Kong SAR Government Invoking the Emergency Regulations Ordinance)

法政匯思就香港政府引用《緊急情況規例條例》之聲明 (Statement on the Hong Kong SAR Government Invoking the Emergency Regulations Ordinance)

專業團體強烈譴責警方7.21於上環一帶以過度武力清場之聯合聲明 (Joint Statement by the Professional Organisations to strongly condemn the excessive use of force by the police to disperse protesters on 7.21 in the area of ​​Sheung Wan)

警方使用過度武力,罔顧市民性命安全,並肆意違反專業操守。專業團體對此予以強烈譴責,我們要求政府及警方作出詳細交代。與此同時,我們重申政府應馬上成立獨立調查委員會,以修補社會撕裂,化解危機。並儘快重啟政改,早日落實雙普選,從制度上徹底解決社會問題。(The excessive use of force of the police disregards the safety of the citizens and is a blatant violation of professional conduct. We strongly condemn the police’s actions and demand the government and the police to give detailed accounts of such use of force. Meanwhile, we reiterate that the government should immediately set up an independent investigation committee in order to salvage our fragmented society and resolve the current crisis. Moreover, the government should reinitiate political reforms as soon as possible and implement universal suffrage in the elections of Legislative Council members and the Chief Executive so as to resolve the problems of our society at a systemic level.)

法政匯思就2019年7月21日暴徒於元朗發動襲擊的聲明 (Statement on the 21 July Mob Attacks in Yuen Long)

法政匯思再次要求香港政府全面撤回逃犯條例修訂。即使面對暴徒目無法紀的暴行,我們仍要堅守香港的言論和集會自由。即使離恐懼式管治已經不遠,我們必須捍衛核心價值,絕不妥協。(The PLG continues to call on the Hong Kong Government to fully withdraw the extradition bill. In the face of lawless gang violence, we are more committed than ever to safeguarding Hong Kong’s freedom of expression and right of assembly. We shall never compromise our core values because of the attempt to rule by fear.)

專業團體就元朗暴力事件之聯合聲明

於7月21日晚上至22日凌晨,元朗發生暴徒手持木棍、膠管及藤條等硬物衝入元朗西鐵站範圍,無差別以上述硬物襲擊市民,當中包括歸家途中的市民、趕到現場調停的議員及報導現場狀況的記者等等。多人受傷浴血,事件甚至涉及立法會議員涉嫌鼓勵暴徒襲擊市民,嚴重程度令人震驚。

法政匯思就行政長官 7 月 2 日凌晨 4 時記者會的回應 (Statement of the Progressive Lawyers Group in Response to the Media Session held by the Chief Executive at 4 am on 2 July 2019 at the Police Headquarters)

2019 年 7 月 2 日清晨 4 時,行政長官及幾位官員在警察總部舉行記者會,就前一晚闖入立法會大樓示威者所使用的暴力作出譴責。就此,法政匯思發表聲明回應。 (At 4 am on 2 July 2019, the Chief Executive and her colleagues held a media session at the police headquarters. The CE condemned the use of violence by protesters who broke into the Legislative Council building the night before. The PLG issued a statement in response.)

《醫學界、衞生服務界、法律界聯合聲明 務請警員勿阻礙救護工作及 尊重病人私隱》Joint Statement by the Medical, Health Services and Legal sectors : Appealing for the police to avoid hindrance of medical treatment and to respect the privacy of patients

近日有傳媒指,有警員(包括便裝警員)在醫院管理局(「醫管局」)轄下醫院內搜證、巡邏,並向醫護人員索取病人個人資料。及後,醫管局亦證實有傷者在求醫期間遭警方拘捕。此事件對前線醫護人員造成壓力,並令傷病者不敢到公立醫院求醫,對公眾健康構成危險。

專業團體就政府漠視民意聯署聲明

22個專業團體聯署包括法政匯思,譴責政府漠視反送中的強大民意,要求政府及警方為近日衝突負起最大責任。聯署聲明強烈要求政府正式撤回草案、公開收回定性「612事件」為「暴動」,及特首林鄭月娥問責下台等。

法政匯思就暫緩修訂逃犯條例的聲明 (Statement on the Suspension of the Extradition Bill)

香港特別行政區在4月3日提交了修改《逃犯條例》及《刑事事宜相互法律協助條例》的草案。行政長官林鄭月娥在6月15日的記者會上令人意外地突然改變態度,宣布暫緩草案,並未有就恢復立法程序訂下時間表。有見及此,法政匯思就暫緩修訂逃犯條例發出聲明 。(On 3 April, the Hong Kong SAR Government tabled a bill to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance (Cap. 503) and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance (Cap. 525). In a stunning U-turn, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced at a press conference on 15 June that the Bill would be suspended, without specifying when the legislative process would resume. In light of this, the Progressive Lawyers Group issued a statement on the suspension of the Extradition Bill.)

42 個團體聯署悼六四ㅤ「為死者、為未來繼續戰鬥」

今年是八九六四 30 周年,支聯會等 42 個本地民主派團體今日(3 日)發出聯署聲明,指由當年開展的這場民主運動現時到了「反思與再出發的時刻」,並要靠每一個人的努力去守護真相,「為死者、為公義、為未來繼續戰鬥」。

首份香港法治報告已公布!(Launch of Rule of Law Report)

在此報告,我們概括了2018年度影響香港法治的事件,提供法律分析,並向政府及其他持份者作出建議。(Great thanks to our team and media friends for making the launch of our inaugural Rule of Law Report a success! In our Rule of Law Report 2018, we record events which affected the rule of law in Hong Kong in 2018, provide legal analysis of the same, and make recommendations for the government and stakeholders.)

關注江天勇安全獲釋聯署聲明

中國維權律師江天勇於 2017 年 8 月 22 日,在家人委託的辯護律師不獲開庭通知、父親被逼出席不公正公開的審訊中,被長沙市中級人民法院以「煽動顛覆國家政權」為罪名,判處有期徒刑兩年,剝奪政治權利三年。

2019 年 2 月 28 日,江天勇將會獲釋,我們會密切關注其獲釋及其後的待遇,是否合乎法律及國際人權標準。

Submission on National Anthem Bill Progressive Lawyers Group  

In March 2019, the Progressive Lawyers Group presented its submissions on the National Anthem Bill gazetted by the Hong Kong Government on 11 January 2019. 

法政匯思就政府建議修訂引渡相關法例之聲明 (Statement of the Progressive Lawyers Group on the Government’s Proposal to Amend Extradition Laws)

2019年2月12日,香港特別行政區政府(「特區政府」)保安局向立法會保安事務委員會提交修訂香港法例第503章《逃犯條例》以及第525章《刑事事宜相互法律協助條例》的建議(「該建議」)。若該建議修訂獲通過,特區政府將能夠移交刑事案件的疑犯至尚未與香港簽訂正式雙邊引渡協議的司法管轄區(「非協議地區」),包括中國內地、台灣和澳門 (On 12 February 2019, the Security Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR government submitted a proposal (the “Proposal”) to the Legislative Council’s (the “Legco”) Panel on Security to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance (Cap. 503) (“FOO”) and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance (Cap. 525) (“MLAO”). If adopted, the amendments will allow the SAR government to surrender suspects in criminal cases between Hong Kong and jurisdictions with which the SAR has not entered into a formal bilateral extradition agreement (“non-contracting jurisdictions”), including mainland China, Taiwan and Macau).

法政匯思就律政司司長有關檢控高級政府官員的言論的聲明 (Statement of the Progressive Lawyers Group regarding the Secretary for Justice’s Remarks in respect of Prosecution of a Senior Government Official)

該言論反映律政司背離了其長久以來的一貫政策,這是十分危險的。因為它破壞了律政司在公眾認知中不偏不倚的形象和誠信,同時亦削弱市民對香港法治的信心。毋庸置疑,大眾亦關注是次事件會否成為先例,為日後選擇性檢控政府官員提供藉口。(The Remarks show that there is a departure from the DOJ's longstanding policy, which is dangerous as it would undermine public perceptions of the impartiality and trustworthiness of the DOJ and reduce public confidence in the rule of law in Hong Kong. No doubt the public would also be concerned as to whether it would become a precedent for excusing the prosecution of government officials in the future on a selective basis.)