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回應有關參與民主派 35+ 初選人士被捕事宜

2021/1/6 — 20:59

截至二零二一年一月六日中午十二時,至少有 50 位人士被警方指違反《國安法》「顛覆國家政權罪」從而上門拘捕。 

香港民意研究所副行政總裁鍾劍華今早接受訪問時指出,初選目的乃為泛民主派的內部協調而設,沒有具體政治綱領、而香港民意研究所只負責操作初選。

選舉觀察計劃必需強調,選舉權利該受保障。基本法第二十六條:「香港特別行政區永久性居民依法享有選舉權和被選舉權」、基本法第三十九條:「《公民權利和政治權利國際公約》、《經濟、社會與文化權利的國際公約》和國際勞工公約適用於香港的有關規定繼續有效,通過香港特別行政區的法律予以實施。」港區國安法第四條更指:「香港特別行政區維護國家安全應當尊重和保障人權,依法保護香港特別行政區居民根據香港特別行政區基本法和《公民權利和政治權利國際公約》、《經濟、社會與文化權利的國際公約》適用於香港的有關規定享有的包括言論、新聞、出版的自由,結社、集會、遊行、示威的自由在內的權利和自由。」以上條文皆明確地保障香港居民自由參與選舉的權利。 

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選舉觀察組織認為今天的大規模拘捕行動嚴重威脅香港的公民社會、學術機構乃至香港巿民的自由與權利,只會深化管治危機,以「顛覆國家政權罪」之名濫捕不同政見的人士,必須予以強烈譴責。

二零二一年一月六日

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Statement on the Mass Arrests of Organizers and Participants of Pan-Democratic 35+ Civil Voting

Up until 12nn on January 6, 2021, no less than 52 citizens associated with the Democratic 35+ Civil Voting (also known as the pan-democrats primary) in July 2020 were arrested on suspicion of violating Hong Kong’s National Security Law (HKNSL).

Dr. Chung Kim-wah, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (HKPORI) which provided technical support for the primary, stated in an interview this morning that the sole purpose of the Civil Voting was for the internal coordination between pan-democratic candidates before the Legislative Council Election originally scheduled for early September 2020, HKPORI’s only role was operational.  

The Election Observation Project (HKEOP) would like to emphasize that the right to free and fair elections has long been held by Hong Kong people as one of the core values and must be respected. In point of fact, such electoral rights are embedded in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law and supported by a wide range of legal instruments. Article 26 of the Basic Law states “Permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall have the right to vote and the right to stand for election in accordance with law”; while Article 39 stipulates that “The provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and international labour conventions as applied to Hong Kong shall remain in force and shall be implemented through the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.” Moreover, Article 4 of the HKNSL clearly states that “Human rights shall be respected and protected in safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The rights and freedoms, including the freedoms of speech, of the press, of publication, of association, of assembly, of procession and of demonstration, which the residents of the Region enjoy under the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as applied to Hong Kong, shall be protected in accordance with the law.”  

HKEOP is of the view that the mass arrests this morning further curtail the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong's civil society, academic institutions and ordinary citizens, this could only serve to deepen the crisis of governance that has plagued the city. Any blatant abuse of powers by the authorities under the HKNSL to silence dissent should be strongly condemned. 

6 January 2021

 

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