Date
19 September 2017
Members of the legal community have expressed concerns over the possible impact of the "one country, two systems" white paper on Hong Kong's core value of judicial independence. Photo: HKEJ
Members of the legal community have expressed concerns over the possible impact of the "one country, two systems" white paper on Hong Kong's core value of judicial independence. Photo: HKEJ

Legal sector plans protest on white paper

Members of the Hong Kong legal community are planning to dress in black in a protest action next week to condemn Beijing’s recently-released white paper on the “one country, two systems” principle, the Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

The move comes after the Hong Kong Bar Association issued a statement voicing concerns over the impact of the white paper released by the State Council on Hong Kong’s core value of judicial independence.

If it pushes through, the June 27 protest will become the third by the legal sector since the change of sovereignty in 1997. Many lawyers took exception to a recent statement by Ambrose Lam, president of the Law Society of Hong Kong, who said the white paper is correct and asking judges to be patriotic does not interfere with judicial independence.

Dennis Kwok, a barrister and member of the Civic Party, said several former heads of the Hong Kong Bar Association, such as Denis Chang, Alan Leong and Audrey Eu, have agreed to join the mass action.

Kwok is urging members of the legal sector to take part in the protest to show their concerns over the independence of Hong Kong courts.

Eric Cheung from the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong, said he has yet to decide whether or not to join the protest. However, he admitted that most people in the legal sector do not agree with views presented in the white paper, the report said.

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