《新聞透視》 一地兩檢

廣深港段高鐵明年通車,一地兩檢方案終於公布。西九港鐵總站將劃出一個範圍,供內地執行出入境、海關、檢疫等清關程序,內地執法人員有權執行全套內地刑事法律。方案被形容為深圳灣口岸的翻版,深圳灣口岸容許港方在內地全權執法,為何方案調轉在香港執行會引起爭議?法律上有多大機會被挑戰呢?

Critics: Hong Kong Sets Bad Precedent With Mainland Police in Rail Station

Kevin Yam of the Progressive Lawyers Group said the city government would potentially create an act of state, which Hong Kong courts are unable to scrutinize. “What they are doing is not to uphold the constitutionality of that [co-location] proposal, but really to try to shield it from the constitutional scrutiny,” Yam said, adding that the enforcement of mainland laws even in a small part of Hong Kong is in direct contravention of explicit requirements under the Basic Law.

理性地說真話

很老實說,如果可以的話,我真的不想費時反對西九高鐵站一地兩檢方案。為甚麼我會這樣說? 在法律上,任何牽涉內地人員在香港境內執行內地法律的方案都很清楚地違反《中英聯合聲明》就「香港」的定義、及《基本法》有關內地法律基本上不在香港執行,以及在香港境內的內地人員必須遵守香港法律的條文。這些條文的清晰程度高到根本沒有「走盞」空間。如果深圳灣、海外一地兩檢例子在香港境內實施,都通通會違反《中英聯合聲明》與《基本法》。

ViuTV News Roundup – Co-location Arrangement

Progressive Lawyers Group Convenor Kevin Yam was interviewed by ViuTV on his views on the controversial co-location arrangement.  "The situation before us is very clear, (the proposed co-location arrangement) does not conform with the Basic Law", he said.  You can watch the full interview here.

邁向溫和的機會被剝奪了

司徒華是一個反共、反建制分子,他的事迹眾所周知。經過多年的市政局與立法會生涯,他沒有像葉錫恩那樣變成建制,亦堅持大原則,但他都變得溫和了。縱使他當時已不再在議會,但他的溫和聲音對於民主黨最終決定造就2010年政改方案是有一定影響力的。同樣,作為記者時曾狠問戴卓爾夫人為何把香港人送到共產獨裁政權手上的劉慧卿,做了多年議員後都成為了2010年政改方案通過的造就者之一。

Lawmaker oaths: Experts say Beijing’s actions damaged rule of law and may have violated human rights

Legal experts have raised concerns over Beijing’s interpretation of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution amid the oath row in the legislature, arguing that it damaged Hong Kong’s rule of law and potentially violated human rights. The remarks came after the Court of First Instance unseated four elected lawmakers last Fridayfor failing to take their oaths properly at LegCo last October.

【DQ風波.博評】原訴法院「四議員宣誓案」:釋法與法治十問十答

今個星期,按《01博評》邀請,再暫停寫親子,與大家說說法律。 昨日,高等法院就羅冠聰、梁國雄、劉小麗、姚松炎的立法會就職宣誓案頒佈判辭。區慶祥大法官的判辭長達112頁,覆蓋甚廣。各傳媒已就判辭內容廣泛引述,不少法律界人士亦已就判辭的實質法律、法律程序或政治影響發表意見,我亦無意在此重複他人已做的具體法律分析。 不過,我留意到在判辭頒佈後,有些人說它是彰顯法治、有些人說是法治已死。我想趁這個機會以問答形式再重溫一下人大常委釋法機制與法治的關係,然後再簡短地看看今次「四議員宣誓案」的法治討論。

Hong Kong lawmaker disqualification ruling ‘opens huge floodgate’, lawyers say

Progressive Lawyers Group convener Kevin Yam Kin-fung said the judgment was far-reaching. He said a lawmaker could now even be held accountable for holding an umbrella while taking an oath. “It opens a huge floodgate,” he said, and could have a chilling effect on lawmakers in future.

愛國教育越洗腦越捉蟲

2012年,香港經過一場大型的反國民教育運動。當時,不少香港人和我都擔心,國民教育在學校實施後,孩子會被洗腦,變得盲目地愛國,喪失獨立思考能力。相隔五年,現屆政府被傳會再推動國民教育,企圖令下一代更愛國。

China’s Army Turns on Charm With Weekend Shows

From 700 sailors spelling out "Hello Hong Kong” on the deck to youthful soldiers singing about iPads and smart phones, China’s People’s Liberation Army used the first port call in Hong Kong by its aircraft carrier to turn on the charm. "I don’t see how little attempts to show so-called friendliness are going to do very much," said Kevin Yam, a convener of the Progressive Lawyers Group. "The ground had shifted so much over the past five years under CY Leung that it is going to be very difficult to regain any trust,” he said, referring to Leung Chun-ying, who was replaced as Hong Kong’s chief executive on July 1 by Carrie Lam.

【劉曉波與劉霞.博評】與伴侶走到人生盡頭 至死不渝的愛情

今個週末,我不談子說家,只談情說愛。 近日,有一對小情人的照片在網上及媒體報導上流傳。這對小情人名為劉曉波與劉霞。 病入膏肓的曉波兄已被癌魔折磨到骨瘦如柴,面色不濟,看起來連站起來都站不穩了。但他的左手仍然堅持緊緊的擁抱着他的愛人,精神欠奉的眼睛仍嘗試向愛人方向望着。

1989——歷史的分水嶺

在1989年,有人民活在獨裁的社會內。他們的人權受到剝削,遑論享有民主政制。他們生活艱難,覺得自己「一無所有」。他們更深知政權的貪腐,令他們感到絕望。

外傭應得到有尊嚴待遇

上星期,外勞事工中心發表了關於外籍家傭在僱主家內居住環境的報告,陳述香港不少外傭的惡劣居住狀況。他們當中不少沒有自己房間,只是睡在儲物房、工作室、廁所、廚房,有些甚至是睡在上述空間的櫃內。就算有自己房間,都有不少是環境惡劣(例如四呎高天台鐵皮屋)。

【特首修訂UGL調查文件】周浩鼎自比控辯雙方論案情 任建峰:無得理解 做法幫倒忙

特首梁振英昨承認,曾透過民建聯議員周浩鼎,就立法會調查UGL委員會的調查範圍文件提出修訂。周浩鼎回應時以法庭案件作類比,指控方及辯方都需要討論「brief fact、agreed fact」。不過執業律師、法政匯思召集人任建峰今早接受商業電台訪問時明言,不能理解周浩鼎的類比,亦認為做法幫倒忙。

Hong Kong leader CY Leung interfered with HK$50m fee inquiry only to clear his name, critics argue

Chief executive CY Leung maintains he amended document to broaden scope of the investigation by lawmakers and ensure no stone was left unturned. Kevin Yam Kin-fung, convenor of the Progressive Lawyers Group, said Leung had sought to “gain all the strategic advantages” through his amendments.

任建峰﹕修訂引導調查 湯家驊:無甚特別

特首梁振英涉藉民建聯周浩鼎提出大幅修訂立法會UGL委員會調查範圍的建議,涉及47項大小修訂。「法政匯思」成員任建峰對比立法會原建議與周浩鼎修訂建議,質疑修訂是想減少調查範圍的灰色地帶,並透過修訂「擺一些立場出來」,引導調查。曾任立法會議員的資深大律師湯家驊認為,相關修訂與原本文件的性質大致相同,「無甚特別」。

民主派共識總比分歧大

近日,非建制陣營好像走上了兩條很不同的道路。一方面,公民黨、民主黨與專業議政都會應自由黨的邀請及建制派那邊的安排,開始參與一個定期的跨黨派飯局。這飯局的意義在於希望能先為派系之間打好關係,透過溝通、了解與良好的個人關係,不同派系可以在立法會工作上達到某程度上的和解,甚至是在個別社會或民生議題上合作。

真假救贖者

緬甸政府被指涉嫌迫害羅興亞人,外界批評昂山素姬未有譴責暴行及對羅興亞人伸出援手,令民主女神的光環日漸失色。

法政匯思召集人搖身一變大廚 餸菜暗藏玄機?

法政匯思今日舉行傳媒茶聚,多名成員搖身一變廚神,親自下廚準備小菜,當中三名召集人任建峰、文浩正和蔡騏展示除了「入得法庭」,同樣「入得廚房」,菜式亦暗藏玄機。

Missing Billionaire Stokes Fears of China Meddling in Hong Kong

Where is billionaire Xiao Jianhua? That depends on whom you ask, and the answer may further inflame Hong Kongers worried that China is increasingly meddling in the city’s affairs.