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Retired judge, law deans back silent Hong Kong marchers from legal profession

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 June, 2014, 2:39am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 June, 2014, 6:18pm
 

Lawyers organising today's march in defence of judicial independence received fresh impetus yesterday as a retired judge and two leading law deans stood by critics of Beijing's white paper, which categorises judges as administrators who need to be patriotic.

Retired High Court judge William Waung Sik-ying said it was "most regrettable" that "the Hong Kong government has not immediately taken steps to correct the ... error of judicial patriotism in the white paper".

"I hope the silent march will cause the Hong Kong government and the Chinese government to issue the appropriate corrective statement," Waung wrote to legal-sector lawmaker Dennis Kwok, one of the 30 organisers of the march. Waung is overseas and will not join the march.

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung said only that the white paper - issued by the State Council on June 10 and asserting Beijing's "comprehensive jurisdiction" over Hong Kong - "carries no intention to impose requirements other than those in the Basic Law on judges".

Also weighing in were the outgoing law dean of the University of Hong Kong, Professor Johannes Chan Man-mun, and his Chinese University counterpart, Professor Christopher Gane. "I do think that the white paper represents a change in approach towards Hong Kong and that the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary is threatened," said Chan, who will join the march from the High Court in Queensway to the Court of Final Appeal in Central.

"It is important for the legal profession to send a clear message that any attempt to undermine the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary is itself a violation of the Basic Law."

Gane said the language and the timing of the white paper were unfortunate.

Without commenting on the march, he said "a central message" of the paper reinforced the subordinate nature of Hong Kong's legal system, adding: "I doubt the wisdom or necessity of restating this at a time of heightened political sensitivity."

Critics, including the politically powerful Bar Association, have argued the paper wrongly categorised judges as "Hong Kong administrators" who needed to be patriotic.

Waung, who retired in 2008, added yesterday: "There is nothing in the judicial oath requiring a judge to be patriotic or to love China."

The march will be the third since the handover for lawyers to show solidarity with an embattled judiciary. The first two, in 1999 and 2005, followed Basic Law interpretations.

City University acting law dean Professor Lin Feng said he saw no intention by Beijing to interfere with judicial independence and he would not join the march.

 

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pslhk
manure who can’t tell opinions from facts
can keep entertaining its worse than monkey stool self
by masticating why there is no such thing as international law
and how declaration of independence is based on common law
Who cares to expose nogician’s latest rubbish?
There is only correct way to treat manure
I flush
321manu
LOL. Is the lack of US duty of care for Rwandans a matter of opinion? Seriously, I maintain that when you try to make an argument is when you're at your funniest. Well done.
What time is it? Nap time? I hope you're well-diapered up.
I'm still coming up with funny riffs on Poet Monkey Judge. THis should be fun.
321manu
Ahh, it's the Poet Monkey Judge. That moniker is going to get some mileage.
Bringing back old stuff, are we? Say, how are you doing with establishing the US duty of care for Rwandans?
There were many other questions you couldn't answer before, mostly because your writing is pointless, your arguments vacuous, and you logic non-existent at all times. But I can bring out retreads if you like.
But I see that your fixation with bodily functions remains unabated. Some people can never shake their inner 3-year-old, it seems. But that's ok. You still amuse me.
pslhk
Another self-demonstration by manure
of how repeated auto mastication of rubbish
and regurgitation of rubbish by the rubbish
is turning rubbish into manure
much worse than monkey stool
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manure never learns
Its attempts in “logical” arguments are so pathetic
it more than deserves its horrific titles of nogician, mogician, ….
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What was it again,
US Declaration of Independence was based on common law?
We can’t flush manure fast enough
321manu
"Having pslhk be a judge would be scary indeed."
---actually, in the CCP system, Pierce m'boy would probably be suitably qualified to be a judge. I mean, a judge's role in the CCP is just as a rubber stamper, and as I said earlier, a trained monkey could do it. I think Pierce m'boy has ably demonstrated that he has opposable thumbs, so he's good to go!
His moniker could be "the Poet Monkey Judge".
53ad776f-e90c-421e-968b-08e30a3209ca
袁國強is a selling out Hong Kong's core value, a shame on the profession.
blue
pslhk is literally the only commenter on scmp that I can't comprehend what he writes most of the time. It's complete nonsense and written in the form of a riddle or poem.

Having pslhk be a judge would be scary indeed.
pslhk
blue,
thank you for the honest remark
that what you can’t comprehend
you’d consider complete nonsense
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計 人 之 所 知 , 不 若 其 所 不 知 ﹔
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以 其 至 小 , 求 窮 其 至 大 之 域 ,
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If you would care to quote what you don’t comprehend
I may be able to help you with clarification / explanation
pslhk
whymak is right about empty suit
an utterly ignorant nogician
whose only skill is a routine
of auto rubbish mastication
followed by regurgitation
a rubbish rubbish processor
Hollander323
if there is any doubt, just play safe and be defensive...this is just common sense and common practice...but its implication could be serious...

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