Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Friday, Mar 01, 2024

National People's Congress right to interpret law must be used prudently

Victor Dawes, the chairperson of the Hong Kong Bar Association, said the Hong Kong national security law stipulates that the National People's Congress standing committee has the authority to explain the original purpose of the legislation, and such authority should be used prudently.
This came as chief executive John Lee Ka-chiu asked Beijing's legislative body to rule on a bid to block foreign lawyers from working on national security cases after the city's top court ruled that a British lawyer could represent jailed pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Dawes said the government’s move to seek an interpretation of national security law would definitely draw discussion and criticism regarding Hong Kong’s legal system.

He said the national security law is relatively new in the city, and he hoped any uncertainties with the legislation could be clarified by Hong Kong courts in the future.

Meanwhile, the chairperson disagreed with comments saying that seeking NPC’s interpretation of the city’s legislation has become a norm, with the top legislative body having rendered its interpretation of the Basic Law five times only since the handover.

He also noted that the government is playing by the books in seeking security law interpretation, which will not undermine judicial independence.

The president of the Law Society of Hong Kong Chan Chak-ming said he “fully respects” the power of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress to interpret the National Security Law.

“However, I am mindful that generally, legislative interpretations by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, albeit made legally, may affect the perception of our common law system by the public, particularly those who are not familiar with our judicial and legal systems,” Chan said in a statement.

He stressed that the bedrock to the rule of law in Hong Kong encompasses the trust and confidence of the public and the international community towards the judges and the judicial and legal systems, and he has full confidence in the independence and the role of the courts, the judicial and legal systems of Hong Kong under “one country, two systems”.

Separately, as it is unknown whether Beijing's interpretation will be made before Lai's national security trial, the High Court will hold a hearing on Thursday to discuss the Department of Justice's application to adjourn Lai's case.

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
It's always the people with the dirty hands pointing their fingers
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.