Briefing sought on civil liberties laws

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 April, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 April, 1997, 12:00am

PROVISIONAL legislators are to ask officials from the Chief Executive-designate's office to brief them about the proposed changes to civil liberties laws.

Bruce Liu Sing-lee of the Association of Democracy and People's Livelihood suggested that a sub-group should be set up to discuss the consultation paper on changes to the Public Order and Societies ordinances.

'As the two ordinances will have great impact on human rights and civil liberties, we should have an in-depth discussion It therefore will be better for us to do some preparation first.' But Mr Liu's proposal was criticised by his fellow legislators.

Cheng Yiu-tong, of the Federation of Trade Unions, said the suggestion would give people an impression that the provisional legislature intended to act in advance of the legislative process.

He suggested a briefing by officials from the Chief Executive-designate's office on the law changes during the consultation period.

Wong Siu-yee, the Liberal Democratic Federation vice-chairman, thought it was not the time to make the interim body's view known.