法政匯思就國歌條例草案(「該草案」)的發言摘要 (Progressive Lawyers Group’s Speaking Note on the National Anthem Bill)

法政匯思看不見將「不當使用」國歌或「侮辱」國歌的行為刑事化能夠為社會帶來多大的實際效益,以為政府對人民的憲制權利 ── 包括對言論自由的侵害 ── 提供充份的正當理由。即使我們假設將與國歌相關的行為刑事化而對憲制權利衍生的限制有其正當性,這種限制應該是狹窄而被清晰定義的。然而,現時該草案非常粗疏且模糊不清;尤其是該草案的第 6 和第 7 條更無法符合「依法規定」的原則。(As a starting point, we see no material societal benefit or need in criminalising conduct involving the “misuse” of the national anthem or the “insult” of the national anthem, which justifies such encroachment on the constitutional rights of the individual, including the freedom of expression. Even assuming the restriction of constitutional rights by criminalising conduct involving the national anthem is justified, the boundary of such restriction should be narrowly drawn and clearly defined. However, the Bill in its current form is poorly drafted and appallingly lacking in clarity. In particular, the offence creating sections (Clauses 6 and 7) regrettably fall foul of the “prescribed by law” requirement.)

Hong Kong Moves to Make Disrespecting Chinese Anthem a Crime

“I can understand if China used Annex III to enact nationwide laws to protect national security,” said Craig Choy, a convener of the Progressive Lawyers’ Group. “But is a national anthem law really a matter of PRC or Hong Kong’s national security? I don’t think so.”

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)