Lawyers and Progress
Law is the foundation of all political systems.
Law is also the foundation of all civil societies.
In any polity, when those in power exercise their political power vested by citizens or implement policies, they are subject to restraints imposed upon them by the legal system and by the law, so that they cannot abuse their power. This is the essence of the rule of law.
Alas, Hong Kong is facing unprecedented legal and political challenges. Conservatism and so-called stability now trumps all else. Our city risks losing its shine in this ferocious storm.
The rule of law has been misrepresented by those in positions of power as demanding submission and for all to obey.
Judicial independence has become a value where those in power are demanding its surrender in the face of various forms of “national interest”.
Democracy has been packaged by the lies of those in power into a monster that offers citizens no genuine choice.
Human rights and freedoms are seen by those in power as nothing more than obstacles to their perceived omnipotence.
Justice is now all but forgotten by those in power.
In these times where falsehoods are now readily peddled as truths, we stand united as barristers and solicitors in the upholding of the rule of law, judicial independence, democracy, human rights, freedoms and justice. As legal professionals, we will use various means to spread these fundamental values in society and in local communities.
Upholding the rule of law. Caring about our polity. Bringing together members of our profession. Espousing progressive values. We are the “Progressive Lawyers Group”.