New People’s Party’s Statement on Mass Protest Against Enactment of Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019
2019 年 6 月 9 日
New People’s Party (NPP) notices that today (9 June ), large numbers of Hong Kong residents took part in a mass procession to protest the Government’s legislative amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance.
NPP is fully aware that Hong Kong people highly treasure the protection of human rights, personal freedoms and the independent judicial system in Hong Kong. For this reason Hong Kong people have always expressed their concerns about any new legislation that might appear to impinge on their rights and freedoms. Hong Kong people have always enjoyed the freedom of expression. NPP notices that although large numbers were involved in today’s mass protest, the demonstration was held in good order, and fully demonstrated the good civic qualities of Hong Kong people.
The orderly conduct of today’s mass protest is testimony to the robust exercise of rights and freedoms by Hong Kong people as guaranteed by the Basic Law.
NPP reiterates that it supports the Government’s proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and related legislation so that the Government can work with other jurisdictions to combat serious cross-border crime. As the Government has pledged to raise the threshold for surrender to include only those offences punishable with imprisonment for seven years or more, NPP is satisfied that the proposed amendments will only impact fugitives allegedly involved in serious crimes, and ordinary citizens will not be affected.
In view of the strong concerns demonstrated by large numbers of Hong Kong residents, NPP urges the Government to submit regular reports to the Legislative Council on the state of implementation of the amendment legislation, including the number of cases, giving details on the jurisdictions, nature of offences involved and whether the surrender requests have been handled in accordance with well established common law procedures and norms, which ensure appropriate protection of personal rights and freedoms.
At present, Hong Kong has entered into long-term rendition agreements with only 20 jurisdictions, NPP urges the Government to enter into formal and long-term rendition agreements with other jurisdictions, including mainland China, Macau and Taiwan, with a view to replacing, in the long run, the case-by-case rendition arrangements currently being proposed by the Government.