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法政匯思就立法會通過一地兩檢條例草案之聲明

2018/6/16 — 17:19

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1. 立法會於2018年6月14日以顯然有違正當程序的方式通過《廣深港高鐵(一地兩檢)條例草案》(下稱「條例草案」)。尤其, 法政匯思對於立法會主席梁君彥的處理手法深表不安,並作出以下聲明。

2. 法政匯思注意到條例草案在6月14日的審議期間,立法會主席不但阻止若干議員進入會議廳,更史無前例任意地在條例草案的二讀、三讀階段設立時限。儘管條例草案極具爭議,主席仍然肆意縮短應有的辯論時間,令議員不能就攸關重要,且影響深遠的憲制問題上作出所需的審議。

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3. 法政匯思堅持原有的看法 — 一地兩檢的安排違反《基本法》及一國兩制下的保障,對每一名香港市民在《基本法》保障下的基本人權,影響尤甚。請參考法政匯思分別於2017年12月29日及2018年4月6日所作的聲明 [1] 和陳述書 [2]

4. 立法會草率地通過條例草案的二讀、三讀辯論,做法有違正常程序,是政府在建制派護航下肆無忌憚地漠視程序公義和法治的又一例證。此舉對立法機關尊嚴的傷害,實可比擬全國人大常委會早前批准一地兩檢安排之決定對《基本法》莊嚴地位的破壞。

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5. 法政匯思重申,香港法治精神的尊嚴決不能在所謂的經濟效益下妥協或犧牲。

法政匯思
2018年6月16日

[1]: https://goo.gl/sU2vrD
[2]: https://goo.gl/tqb6Q3

(PDF版:https://goo.gl/AJmmYp


【Statement of the Progressive Lawyers Group on the Passing of the Co-location Bill】

1. On 14 June 2018, the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Co-location) Bill (“the Co-location Bill”) was passed by the Legislative Council (“LegCo”) apparently in breach of due process. The Progressive Lawyers Group (“PLG”) is deeply troubled by the behaviour of the LegCo President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen and hereby issues the present statement in relation to the passing of the Co-location Bill.

2. The PLG observes that during the deliberation of the Co-location Bill on 14 June 2018, the LegCo President barred a number of opposition LegCo members from entering the chamber. In an unprecedented move, the President further imposed an arbitrary time limit on the second and third readings of the Co-location Bill and apparently cut short the proper deliberation of the bill, which is clearly a highly controversial bill that has far-reaching constitutional consequences for Hong Kong.

3. We maintain our firm view that the co-location arrangement contravenes the Basic Law and circumvents the safeguards afforded under the One Country, Two Systems framework, and in particular the protection of fundamental human rights enshrined in the Basic Law. The PLG refers to our statement issued on 29 December 2017 [1] and our submissions made on 6 April 2018 [2].

4. The manner in which the Government rammed the Co-location Bill through the LegCo with the subservient cooperation of the pro-establishment camp is a flagrant disregard of due process and the rule of law. Such an assault on the sanctity of the legislative process in Hong Kong and the Basic Law is no less egregious than the damage done by the Decision issued in December 2017 by the NPCSC relating to the co-location arrangement.

5. We reiterate our belief that the integrity of the rule of law in Hong Kong should not be sacrificed or compromised in exchange for mere economic convenience.

The Progressive Lawyers Group
16 June 2018

[1]: https://goo.gl/4WjPDH
[2]: https://goo.gl/XWm5FZ

(PDF version: https://goo.gl/AJmmYp)

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