Hong Kong government tries to make an example of a small opposition party

A tiny and previously little-known political party with no presence in the legislature would have languished on the fringes of Hong Kong’s political sphere were it not for attempts by the city’s government to crush the group. Now, the Hong Kong National Party finds itself in the limelight, raised to an unaccustomed level of prominence in a dispute that is fast becoming a test for the city’s autonomy.

你會用結社言論自由的古董花樽去打香港民族黨這隻昆蟲嗎?

有很多人會說他不支持港獨,不認同香港民族黨的主張,政府打壓港獨團體有什麼問題,主張港獨不就是把國家搞分裂嗎?這基於維護國家安全為目的,做法似乎很合理,保安局局長李家超口口聲聲地說香港是法治的社會,他的決定是根據社團條例作出的,那麼不就是依法治港嗎?

Explainer: How Hong Kong is seeking to ban a pro-independence party using existing national security laws

In their recommendation to ban the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) on Tuesday, the legal grounding cited by the police was the Societies Ordinance. They told the government that there was a sufficiently strong case in the interests of “national security, public safety, public order, protection of freedom and rights of others” for the security secretary to ban the embattled group.

【取締民族黨】警指武力非危害國家安全必要元素 法律界轟違國際標準 憂限結社自由

保安局正考慮禁止香港民族黨運作。警方早前向民族黨召集人陳浩天發出的700多頁文件,當中不僅羅列該黨推動港獨的九項「具體行動」,更特別表明危害「國家安全」不一定要涉及武力元素。警方的說法引起法律界的質疑。法政匯思召集人、大律師吳宗鑾認為外國案例顯示,必須有強烈使用武力的證據方能取締一個社團,質疑政府今次是用不合法方式定義非法社團以限制結社及言論自由。本身為資深大律師的公民黨主席梁家傑則指,警方今次說法不符合《約翰內斯堡原則》等國際人權標準。

【封殺港獨】遊行集會聲援民族黨未必犯法 惟學者指籌款屬違法

民間人權陣線將於本周六舉行遊行,反對取締結社自由。不過,一旦香港民族黨真的被取締,日後民主派若為香港民族黨搞集會、遊行、甚至替其籌款,會否也觸犯法例?有學者和法律界人士認為,這要視乎支援的方法,不能一概而論,如果有人「打正旗號」為取締組織籌款,可以算是違法,但只是表達因應民族黨被取締的事件支持結社自由,或發聲明支持該黨,則未算違法。