Statement on the National Security Law to be Promulgated in Hong Kong (法政匯思就港區《國安法》之聲明)

法政匯思毫無保留地反對《國安法》立法 (The Progressive Lawyers Group (“PLG”) unreservedly opposes the enactment of the NSL).

Open letter from 86 groups: China – scrap national security law to save Hong Kong freedoms

We are writing to express our grave concerns regarding the recent adoption by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) of a formal decision to directly impose national security legislation on Hong Kong. We urge the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) to reject the legislation.

China’s new ‘rule of law’ in Hong Kong sets stage for new protests

Now that China’s virus crisis has calmed — and the rest of the world is distracted by the pandemic — Beijing’s newcomers in Hong Kong are trying to stop the likely return of last year’s protests, which evolved from resistance to an extradition bill to a citywide anti-government movement.

22條爭議,揭開《基本法》最後的遮醜布

中聯辦日前聲稱,有權監督香港「政治體制的正常運作」和「關於社會整體利益的事宜」,引發極大爭議。面對民主派指斥其違反《基本法》第22條第一款,即「中央人民政府所屬各部門……均不得干預香港特別行政區根據本法自行管理的事務」,中聯辦辯稱他們「不是一般意義上的『中央人民政府所屬各部門』」。原來政府部門也有區分為「一般意義」和「非一般意義」,中聯辦動物農莊式的「釋法」,令香港人大開眼界,也揭開了《基本法》和「港人治港,高度自治」最後的遮醜布。

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.)

Chinese stance on Hong Kong mask ban ruling reignites legal fears

On Beijing's denunciation of the Hong Kong court judgment which ruled that the mask law was unconstitutional under the Basic Law, Progressive Lawyers Group's Wilson Leung
told Financial Times that the statement is "shocking" and "takes it to a new low"

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)

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.)

Hong Kong journalists’ club in free speech dispute

A fringe pro-independence party and a historic journalists’ club have been thrust into the forefront of the intensifying battle over free speech and the rule of law in Hong Kong, a semi- autonomous Chinese territory that has long prided itself on its civic freedoms.

看政府提出差別待遇同志的理由

1991年,香港正式將男男同性性行為非刑事化,不過之後在法規及政策上,同志平權的進展不大。有數宗重要的官司,挑戰政府在法規及政策上歧視同志,政府在這些官司裡,提出差別待遇的「正當目的」不盡相同。法政匯貓在此逐一探討。

Hong Kong Radical Is Test Case in China’s Bid to Limit Speech

Earlier this month, Hong Kong’s government threatened to ban Chan’s pro-independence National Party, a move unprecedented since the city’s return to Chinese rule in 1997. Andy Chan talked about China's plan to limit speech.

Does Hong Kong’s annual July 1 democracy march violate the law? An analysis and rebuttal

July 1 – the day which marks Hong Kong’s handover to China. July 1 – the day known for its celebratory fireworks display, but more importantly, for its symbolic annual march.

In the two decades since the establishment of the Special Administrative Region, the march has become synonymous with political discontent, serving as a platform for the public and pro-democracy activists to lobby for genuine democracy and universal suffrage. In 2003, 500,000 demonstrators joined the march, forcing the government into an embarrassing climb-down on its proposed national security law.

國歌法聯合聲明 (Joint Statement on Local Legislation for the National Anthem Law)

我們是一群對《國歌法》本地立法存有極大憂慮的團體。2017年內地《國歌法》在香港社會的爭議聲中列入《基本法》附件三後,政制事務局早前公布本地立法的《國歌條例草案》建議條文內容概要(下稱「條文概要」)及召開公聽會作所謂「收集意見」。雖然政制局局長聶德權多次表示市民無需過度擔心立法,但綜觀整份建議條文及政府近月的回應,均無法解答及釋除我們對《國歌法》本地立法的各種問題及疑慮。(Click for English version)

‘Tool of suppression’: 38 groups urge Hong Kong gov’t to withdraw Chinese national anthem bill

Thirty-eight civil society groups (including the Progressive Lawyers Group) and political parties have urged the Hong Kong government to withdraw a national anthem bill, arguing that it violates citizens’ rights to fundamental freedoms.

‘Worst precedent since handover’: Lawyers hit out at gov’t’s legal justification for joint checkpoint rail plan

Progressive Lawyers’ Group has once again voiced its concern over the controversial joint checkpoint arrangement for the high speed rail link, saying that it remains unconvinced by the government’s legal justification.

法政匯思就《廣深港高鐵(一地兩檢)條例草案》的陳述書 (Submission on Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Co-location) Bill)

我們維持我們的看法——即政府提出的一地兩檢安排,將無可避免地違反基本法。(We maintain our view that the co-location arrangement will inevitably violate the Basic Law.)

法政匯思就選舉主任取消被提名人立法會補選資格之聲明 (Statement on the Disqualification of Nominees in the 2018 Legislative Council By-election)

法政匯思對於政府任意妄為地利用選舉規例,並以某些參選人的政治聯繫及政治立場為由取消其資格感到非常擔憂。該決定踐踏了香港永久性居民參與選舉、投票和自由言論的基本權利。我們強烈呼籲政府確保任何有關參選人提名的決定,都能夠切實有效地保障這些基本權利。(PLG is gravely concerned by the capricious use of electoral regulations to disqualify certain candidates on the basis of their political affiliations and political stance. The Decision has trampled on the fundamental rights of Hong Kong permanent residents to stand for election, to vote, and to engage in free speech. We strongly call upon the Government to ensure that any decision regarding the nomination of candidates gives real and effective protection to such fundamental rights.)

Beijing’s ‘distortion’ of Hong Kong Basic Law greatly undermines rule of law, legal experts warn

On Wednesday, China’s top legislature – the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) – approved the plan following a unanimous vote and months of controversy. Hong Kong will effectively surrender its jurisdiction across a quarter of the new West Kowloon terminus, where immigration procedures will be performed by mainland law enforcement agents. Beijing’s “distortion” of the Basic Law in justifying the Express Rail Link’s joint checkpoint arrangement has greatly undermined Hong Kong’s rule of law, legal experts have warned.