Coronavirus: Is Hong Kong’s public gathering restriction constitutional?

Duncan Ho, barrister-at-law and a member of the PLG, wrote an article on Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) analysing the constitutionality of the ban against public gatherings in context of the coronavirus crisis.

Why domestic workers are the unsung heroes of Hong Kong’s coronavirus crisis

As the world is gripped by the COVID-19 outbreak, there is an outpouring of gratitude for frontline medical workers who risk their health and safety to treat patients. Overdue credit has also been given to truck drivers and grocery store workers who put in long hours to meet the increased demand for food and daily supplies.

Coronavirus: 1,200 pubs and bars in Hong Kong to close as government orders two-week shutdown

The Hong Kong government has ordered a two-week closure of pubs and bars from Friday, in a drastic escalation of social-distancing rules which will mothball about 1,200 businesses.

Those who break the new emergency measure under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance, which kicks in at 6pm, face the prospect of a HK$50,000 fine (US$6,450) and six months in jail.

【全城禁聚】紅白二事獲豁免 專科醫生憂婚禮群組再現 轟安排「毫無科學根據」

林鄭月娥今日(27日)宣佈,禁止超過4人的公眾聚集,但婚禮、喪禮則屬豁免範圍內。感染及傳染病科專科醫生曾祈殷表示,若政府期望藉新措施減少人群聚集,沒有理由豁免婚禮及喪禮,直言有關做法「毫無科學根據」,與政府一向強調依照「科學根據」辦事的說法不符。他估計,由於婚禮往往需要長時間籌備,為免新措施影響婚慶相關行業生意,政府才因應業界意見而設下豁免條款。

China Defends Expulsion of American Journalists, Accusing U.S. of Prejudice

An official said the expulsions were needed to defend China’s media against American suppression. Chinese state media outlets criticized American newspapers for coverage that they described as biased.

Protest and punishment: How thousands of demonstrators are set to face Hong Kong’s court system

With the onset of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, fewer people are taking to the streets in Hong Kong – but for prosecuted protesters, the work is just getting started. By the end of January 2020, over 7,000 people had been arrested in connection with the protests, about 1,000 charged, and 20 sentenced. Common charges are criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon, assaulting the police, obstructing the police, participating in an unlawful assembly, and participating in a riot.

對於醫護罷工,我想說的是……

李爾醫生面對莫名其妙的疫症在北非沿海小鎮俄蘭蔓延,曾經建議政府馬上採取防疫措施。但當時政府認為事態未算嚴重、不想引起公眾恐慌,借辭拖延迴避;後來疫情爆發不得不封城區隔,使民眾陷入分離、猜忌與恐懼。眼見政府不智不義引生的亂局,李爾醫生的不逃走,既成就了一個官僚愚莽的政府,也成就了一個尋常人物的人文精神高度——他基於自由意志下的個人選擇至關重要。李爾醫生選擇以性命抗衡荒謬的現實,僥倖取得階段性勝利,城市漸漸從瘟疫中恢復過來,以反覆的日常經驗,掩飾隨時變種、再度爆發的瘟疫與荒謬。