法政匯思就「反新界東北」及「926重奪公民廣場」刑期覆核裁決聲明 (Statement in response to recent Court of Appeal sentencing reviews)

於2017年8月15及17日,上訴庭分別就律政司提出「反新界東北」及「926重奪公民廣場」案件的刑期作出覆核,改判「反新界東北」案的13名被告人8至13 個月監禁及「926重奪公民廣場」案的黃之峰、羅冠聰及周永康三人6至8個月監禁,法政匯思對此裁決深感悲痛。(Upon the Secretary for Justice’s applications, the Court of Appeal this week reviewed the sentences for thirteen participants in the anti-northeast New Territories development protests and three prominent student leaders—Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow—involved in the re-taking of the Civic Square. The Court of Appeal overruled the original sentences in both cases and imposed eight to thirteen months of imprisonment on the thirteen protesters and six to eight months of imprisonment on the three student leaders. The Progressive Lawyers Group ("PLG") is deeply aggrieved by these judgments.)

英年早逝的曉波兄 (Liu Xiaobo’s Shortened Yet Noble Life)

中國人權份子、《零八憲章》作者之一、2010諾貝爾和平獎得主、良心犯劉曉波先生剛剛與世長辭,享年61歲。(Mr Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese human rights activist, co-author of Charter 08, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner and prisoner of conscience, has just passed away at the age of 61.)

對於《2017年水務設施(修訂)規例》 之聯合陳述書和擬議修正案 (Waterworks (Amendment) Regulations 2017 – Joint Submissions and Proposed Amendments)

政府因應啟晴邨鉛水風波而提出的《2017年水務設施(修訂)規例》草案,現於立法會進行辯論。法政匯思及前線科技人員就此聯合提交建議修訂草案,就水務監督的酌情權加以限制,並提出其他建議。(In addressing the concern over water safety after the Kai Ching Estate Incident, the Government has proposed Waterworks (Amendment) Regulation 2017 which is under debate in LegCo. Progressive Lawyers Group and Frontline Tech Workers Group have jointly proposed amendments to the Regulation, including restricting the wide discretionary power of Water Authority and other recommendations.)

Response to Zhang Dejiang’s and Rao Geping’s Speeches in Relation to the 20th Anniversary of the Implementation of the Basic Law (法政匯思回應張德江及饒戈平有關基本法實施20周年的講話)

Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the National People’s Congress and Rao Geping, Chinese representative member of the Basic Law Committee have recently and respectively made important speeches in relation to the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Basic Law. The Progressive Lawyers Group (“PLG”) is deeply disturbed by some of the contents of these speeches, believing that they are in contradiction to the “One Country, Two Systems” framework stipulated by the Basic Law.

《2017 年水務設施(修訂)條例草案》 意見書

法政匯思從食水安全的角度出發,審視發展局於 2017 年 3 月 29 日就《水務設施條例》提出的修訂。在綜觀有關的修訂後,法政匯思認為是次發展局所提出的修訂,實為非常倉促,沒有經過詳細考慮,更沒有從食水安全和市民健康的角度出發。法政匯思對於香港的食水安全問題,仍然感到非常憂心。

法政匯思就近日就法院判決對司法機構的抨擊之聲明 (Statement of the Progressive Lawyers Group in relation to recent attacks on the judiciary following a recent court ruling)

域法院近日就七名警員襲擊佔中示威者的控罪作出判決及判刑之後,該案件的主審法官及整體司法機構均遭受一連串不合理的抨擊。 除了法官被蔑稱為「狗官」之外,亦有惡意批評暗示該案之主審法官及司法機構因政治立場而偏頗判案。

短評:關於青年新政及香港民族黨年宵攤位被取消一事 (Short Commentary in relation to the Termination of the Stalls of Youngspiration and the Hong Kong National Party in the Lunar New Year Fair)

青年新政及香港民族黨於2017 年 1 月17 日及 18日,分別接獲食物環境衛生署(下稱「署方」)書面通知其維多利亞公園年宵攤位的特許協議已被署方單方面終止(下稱「通知」)。如果署方沒有確實的證據,證明於年宵攤位售賣或擺放的貨品/物品,以及進行的活動有可能危及公共秩序及安全;或證明持相反意見者,確實會作出危及公共秩序及安全的行為,署方的決定難免引起公眾質疑,並視之為政治打壓,實屬不智。

法政匯思意見書:強烈譴責人大釋法 為政治目的濫用解釋權 (Submissions in relation to the Interpretation by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on 7 November 2016)

On 7 November 2016, the Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress (“NPCSC”), in purported exercise of its powers under Article 158 of the Basic Law, issued an interpretation in relation to Article 104 of the Basic Law (“the Interpretation”).  2. This is the fifth time the NPCSC has interpreted the Basic Law. In summary, and as further explained below, the Progressive Lawyers Group’s submissions on the Interpretation are set out in this statement.

法政匯思就朱凱迪先生遭受威脅的聲明(Statement in relation to Threats against Mr Eddie Chu Hoi Dick)

候任立法會議員朱凱迪先生在星期四透露,自被新界西選民選為立法會議員之後,多次收到危及他和家人性命安全的威脅。朱先生指他和家人過去也因他在新界的社區和政治工作多次受恐嚇。朱先生已向警方報案,而警方亦同意向他提供人身保護。法政匯思對事件表示擔心。

法政匯思就選舉管理委員會於2016年7月14日發出的聲明 (Statement on the Press Statement by the Electoral Affairs Commission on 14 July 2016)

法政匯思注意到選舉管理委員會(「選管會」)於2016年7月14日發出了新聞稿(「該新聞稿」)。法政匯思對該新聞稿的各個方面表示憂慮。

法政匯思就林榮基先生之聲明 (Statement regarding Mr Lam Wing Kee)

As Hong Kongers, we demand that officials fully account for what happened in relation to the Causeway Bay Bookshop, apologise to the five bookshop members who have been captured and their family and friends for inappropriate treatment against them, and apologise to all Hong Kongers for damaging One Country, Two Systems.

法政匯思短評:關於新民黨對酷刑聲請人的看法 (Short Commentary in relation to the the New People’s Party’s Position on Torture Claimants)

法政匯思近日留意到,新民黨在以「假難民危害治安」為題的宣傳單張上,稱滯留在港的酷刑聲請人為「假難民」,並指斥他們涉及多種刑事罪行,「嚴重影響香港治安」。新民黨並提出包括修訂入境條例和設立緊閉式難民營的建議。

法政匯思就2016年律師會理事會選舉的聲明(Statement in relation to the 2016 Law Society Council Election)

The Law Society of Hong Kong's Annual General Meeting will take place on 26 May 2016. Six vacancies on the Law Society Council (the Council consists of twenty members in total) are up for election this year, with nine solicitors having presented themselves as candidates for fill these vacancies. In other words, there will be a contested election for Law Society Council positions this year. In this regard, the Progressive Lawyers Group does not wish to involve itself in ways that may be misunderstood as attempts to politicise the process. We will therefore not be endorsing any of the candidates.

法政匯思就選舉活動建議指引公眾諮詢所提交之意見書 (Submissions on the Electoral Affairs Commission’s Public Consultation on Election-related Activities relating to Legco Election)

選舉管理委員會 (下稱「選委會」) 就擬訂立有關香港特別行政區立法會 (下稱「立法會」) 選舉活動的建議指引 (下稱「《建議指引》」) 展開了公衆諮詢。法政匯思就《建議指引》提交本意見書。

法政匯思就旺角事故的聲明 (Statement in relation to the Events Overnight in Mong Kok)

正如1967年發生的暴動並不只是基於新蒲崗的一場勞工糾紛或境外的政治風波,昨夜的事故之所以發生,並不只是因為有市民在節日時在繁忙的街頭賣小食,亦不只是基於任何政治運動。

法政匯思短評:關於梁振英近日就《禁止酷刑和其他殘忍、不人道或有辱人格的待遇或處罰公約》的看法 (Short Commentary regarding CY Leung’s Recent Views on the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment)

行政長官梁振英早前回應傳媒「酷刑聲請」提問的時候,談及有人濫用「酷刑聲請」機制,並說如果有需要,香港會退出聯合國《禁止酷刑和其他殘忍、不人道或有辱人格的待遇或處罰公約》(「《公約》」)。我們認為這是一個相當輕率且危險的想法,無助解決問題。

法政匯思短評:關於「銅鑼灣書店」人口失蹤事件 (Short Commentary regarding “Causeway Bay Books” Missing Persons Incident)

日前,多份報章指「銅鑼灣書店」再有一名股東失蹤。「銅鑼灣書店」以出版及售賣大陸禁書而聞名,該書店於3個月內共有5名股東或主管相繼失蹤。與之前失蹤事件不同的是,今次事件中的李波先生是於香港境內失去聯絡,而非外地。

法政匯思短評:關於律政司司長最近就高鐵一地兩檢安排之意見 (Short Commentary regarding Secretary for Justice’s Recent Comments in relation to the Co-location Arrangement of the Express Rail Link)

律政司司長袁國強和運輸及房屋局局長張炳良於2015年11月21日在北京會晤港澳事務辦公室官員並討論有關廣深港高速鐵路(「高鐵」 )香港段「一地兩檢」的法律安排(「一地兩檢安排」) 。律政司司長在會後確實,雙方已達成共識,使一地兩檢安排得以實現,亦即代表內地官員可在香港特別行政區内行使中華人民共和國法律下的權力(「共識」)。我們認為該共識並不符合現行的《基本法》。

法政匯思短評:關於陳佐洱的「去殖民化、去中國化」言論 (Short Commentary regarding Chen Zuoer’s Comments on “De-colonisation” and “De-sinicisation” in Hong Kong

全國港澳研究會陳佐洱昨天說,香港自回歸後並沒有「依法」去殖民化,還要去中國化,傷害「一國之下的兩制」。 陳佐洱說的「去殖民化」在政治上是甚麼意思、有沒有在香港發生及是否一件好事等問題,我們留給他人去評論。但基本法本身就沒有說要鏟走香港的殖民年代制度。相反,基本法下的一國兩制的整個設計就正是要保留殖民地遺留下來的制度。

法政匯思短評:關於張曉明的「特首超越三權」論 (Short Commentary regarding Zhang Xiaoming’s Claim that “The Chief Executive Transcends the Three Branches of Government”)

中聯辦主任張曉明在九月十二日表示,行政長官具超然於行政、立法和司法機關的地位,又指三權分立只適用於主權完整國家的層面上。法政匯思認為此等論點欠缺法律基礎。