Hong Kong judge warns of ‘full force storm’ over protest-hit city

One of Hong Kong’s most experienced judges has warned that a storm over the rule of law has “broken out in full force” in the protest-hit Asian financial hub, urging people to treasure the system.

【8.31●五年】讚港人似箭豬兵來將擋 任建峰倡抗爭力量轉至區選

8.31五周年,《基本法》雙普選的承諾兌現無期,積累的民怨在反修例運動中爆發,已淡出政圈的法政匯思前召集人任建峰近月也「復出」,不斷點評時政。作為不折不扣的「和理非」,他感嘆香港「好悲哀」,在中共管治下注定活在白色恐怖之中,但他相信香港人是隻敏銳的「箭豬」,兵來將擋,建議8.31後將抗爭力量轉移到區選,「8.31係可以代表我哋民主進程未解決,攞呢樣做選戰誓師會」,呼籲抗爭者前行,也呼籲政權操控人「回頭是岸」。

「核爆都不割席」是這樣煉成的

因《逃犯條例》修訂而起的示威運動,已維持了幾乎3個月。今次運動,有部分示威者所使用的武力程度比起過往示威運動高了不少。縱使如此,過往對任何武力示威行動十分反感的和平、理性、非暴力(簡稱「和理非」)普羅大眾,仍大致上沒有與整個「反送中」運動或其部分武力示威者分割。這現象,在坊間被稱為「核爆都不割席」。究竟「和理非」大眾與主張動武者「核爆都不割席」,是怎樣煉成的?我認為有幾個主要關鍵。

兌現成立法政匯思承諾 任建峰卸任召集人

「法政匯思」成員任建峰(圖)噚晚正式卸任召集人同埋核心小組成員嘅職銜,淡出組織,將時間畀番家人。任建峰話3年前成立「法政匯思」,已經講明只做3年,當時好多人都唔信佢,事實證明佢係會兌現承諾。

Looming national security laws raise fresh fears for Hong Kong’s freedoms

Amid calls from Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing elite for sweeping new national security laws, government advisers and lawyers say the legislation is likely to be tougher than proposals shelved 14 years ago, raising fears about the city’s cherished freedoms.

Those demanding urgency for the long-delayed Article 23 are using a fledgling independence movement in the former British colony as justification – even though the independence debate would have been allowed when Article 23 was first proposed in 2003.

Lawyers, diplomats and activists fear the new pressure could lead to legal “overkill” in an open city already struggling with increased interference from Beijing’s Communist Party rulers.

任建峰:澳洲同性婚權調查與香港平權運動

上星期,澳洲近月所作的同性婚權全民郵寄問卷調查結果出爐。在近八成參與了問卷調查的選民當中,約62%支持同性戀者享有婚權。結果一出,香港不少同志平權推動者都表示感到鼓舞,認為香港亦應盡快在這議題上仿效澳洲及其他西方國家。

我個人支持在宗教團體得到有限度但仍要合理的保障前提下的民事同性婚權,但我同樣認為香港同志平權運動要謹慎演繹澳洲問卷調查結果,然後再評估他們在香港可怎樣向前走。

社會對同性戀者的偏見

因荷李活大亨溫斯坦(Harvey Weinstein)涉嫌性侵犯女性而燃起的指控名人性侵犯趨勢繼續蔓延。最新而又知名度最高的被指控者,是殿堂級演員奇雲史帕西(Kevin Spacey)。根據美國演員Anthony Rapp的指控,他在14歲時曾被當時26歲的史帕西企圖性侵犯。

Three Years After Occupy, Hong Kong Democracy Movement Stalled, ‘Divided’

Hundreds of democracy activists protested outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on Thursday, marking the third anniversary of the start of the Occupy Central campaign for fully democratic elections that brought hundreds of thousands onto the city's streets at its height. Kevin Yam, convenor of the pro-democracy Progressive Lawyers Group, said the struggle for democracy in the former British colony was unlikely to be achieved quickly, however.

"This isn't a flash in the pan; it's going to take a lot of ongoing, hard work from everyone," Yam said. "We will have to swallow our anger and work patiently."

一個不光彩的「世界第一」

香港人向來都喜歡認叻。曾幾何時,大家很喜歡不停地提起香港貨櫃碼頭貨運量是世界第一、香港外匯儲備是世界第一。就算這兩個地位已不再,香港人仍為自己城市多年來蟬聯世界第一自由經濟而自豪。

中大再現港獨橫額 校方斥違法

中大文化廣場昨再現「香港獨立」的橫額和單張,校方斥港獨言論「違反香港有關法律」及有違校方立場,表明會清拆。傍晚約20名學生收到消息後聚集廣場守護橫額。學生會斥校方以權欺壓學生,會視乎情況考慮下一步行動。

Free speech row as CUHK warns against pro-independence banners

Banners calling for Hong Kong independence reappeared in the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on Tuesday, prompting the university authorities to issue a warning. Kevin Yam Kin-fung, founder of the Progressive Lawyers Group, said the flyers and posters had merely discussed the issues and did not insinuate or encourage others to harm the regime. Hence, no law was broken, he argued.

虐囚問題需獨立調查委員會徹查

上周末,我們一家去澳洲小鎮巴拉瑞特(Ballarat)探望我的天主教代父與他的妻子。對去過澳洲東南部的香港人來說,這是一個考察澳洲十九世紀淘金熱歷史的旅遊勝地。但對當地人來說,這是上世紀中至八十年代澳洲天主教神職人員性侵犯兒童醜聞的重災區之一。代父兩夫婦帶我們遊車河時,亦帶我們經過不同的天主教堂及神職人員宿舍,指出各個曾被揭發是神職人員行惡的地點。同時,代父兩夫婦又憶述童年時在天主教家庭成長的經歷,提到神職人員當時至高無上的地位,就算當時有少量教徒投訴被性侵犯,教會、學校、警察甚至自己家人都未必相信他們。

一國兩制是唯一的崎嶇出路

今個月,我在《明報》觀點版(8月2日與8月16日)刊登了兩篇以推論形式解釋為何港獨不可行的文章。我的基本結論就是,港獨在可見的將來不可行,嘗試達成只會更快毁滅香港;就算港獨能發生,都只會是短暫及獨裁,或最終成為中國的附庸國(vassal state)。

Judiciary in the dock: jailing of student activists opens door to debate

As he curled his spindly legs around the metal bars, the sight of the bespectacled teenager with his floppy mop of hair valiantly trying to scale the three-metre-high barrier, along with fellow ­student leader Alex Chow Yong-kang, galvanised others into ­action.

Another youth leader, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, then on stage at the demonstration, called on the others to join in the storming of the forecourt that they had dubbed “Civic Square”. They wanted to “reclaim” the space that had been the site of previous protests, they declared.

法律界專門化的機與危

上訴法院就新界東北示威者與2014年9月26日重奪公民廣場三子的判決引起十分多的公眾討論。對判決有所批評的,由情理兼備地針對判決本身的大小謬誤,到無理取鬧及充滿無根據的陰謀論地謾罵法官、司法制度都有。對於後者,我強烈呼籲大家停止,否則大家與早前瘋狂罵法官的藍絲有何分別?

任建峰:這就是「香港共和國」?

【明報文章】兩星期前(8月2日),我提到在今個月會以推理分析來看看港獨的根本不可行,今日的文章是這系列第二篇文章。

Third concern group set up on Hong Kong’s controversial border plan for China rail line; coalition insists it is legal

It is the third concern group to be set up on the issue as both sides of Hong Kong’s political divide mobilise campaigns for and against the proposal for joint immigration and customs checks in the city. Kevin Yam Kin-fung, convenor of the Progressive Lawyers Group, said the Hong Kong government’s decision to use Article 20 of the Basic Law to lease land to mainland authorities could set a dangerous precedent.

「阻住做生意」的一地兩檢

政府一地兩檢方案推出後,不少人把焦點放在能否在高鐵用社交媒體、內地人員在西九持槍、香港與內地刑法的分別。這些問題雖然搶眼,但普羅市民會說「不乘搭高鐵就可以了」或「去到羅湖都是這樣的」。建制派會說,可以討論把在西九與高鐵車廂內適用的內地法律收窄,以此把整個違反《基本法》的一地兩檢合理化。

任建峰﹕為何要分析港獨的不可行?

港獨議題自從雨傘運動後逐漸開始在公共空間被廣泛討論。個人來說,我從來都是十分堅定反對港獨的,只是我尊重亦會捍衛支持港獨人士的言論自由。但一直以來,我都只是像很多反港獨人士一樣,本能反應地把港獨簡單地看成為不可能發生,甚至帶點中華民族感情去反對就算了。同樣地,支持港獨的人士亦只是很簡單地說「香港民族自主」、「武裝起義」,或「香港獨立」會有怎樣民主自由。

《城市論壇》高鐵列車要開行一地兩檢怎執行

法政匯思召集人任建峰今天出席港台節目《城市論壇》。當日論題為「高鐵列車要開行一地兩檢怎執行」,歡迎大家在此收睇。