Lawyers’ Silent Protest against Extradition Bill
“I think that the dissatisfaction of the legal sector is very obvious… we think that obviously itʼs very, very, important that the government should really listen. But, of course, if the government simply refuse to listen, then it’s something rather tragic for Hong Kong.” – Edward Chan, Former Chairman of the HK Bar Association
“There’s no urgency to discuss the rest particularly with China since we have been negotiating with China for over 20 years. I think that will show the strength of the government, not the weakness of the government. But insisting on proceeding with the bill shows how stubborn the government is and how it tries to ignore the peopleʼs feelings.” – Johannes Chan, Former Dean of the Faculty of Law, HKU
On May 30, in the hope of reducing public opposition to its controversial extradition bill, the government announced three main changes. Two of them were in response to proposals from the business community and pro-Beijing lawmakers.
Secretary for Security John Lee says these are the final concessions. The Chief Executive Carrie Lam insists that she won’t withdraw the bill because so much work has been done on it.
Meanwhile, former governor Chris Patten said in a video statement that the government’s claim that the proposed bill plugged a “legal loophole” was “absolute nonsense”.
He also said the changes will “strike a terrible blow against the rule of law”, against Hong Kong’s stability and security, and diminish its status as an international trading hub.
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