Date
25 September 2017
Legal professionals in Hong Kong will stage a silent march Friday to express their opposition to Beijing's recent white paper. Photo: HKEJ
Legal professionals in Hong Kong will stage a silent march Friday to express their opposition to Beijing's recent white paper. Photo: HKEJ

Retired judges expected to join HK legal sector silent march

Retired judges are expected to join the silent protest march that will be held by members of the legal sector in Hong Kong on Friday.

The rally, which will see participants dress in black, comes as a show of protest to Beijing’s recent white paper on the “one country, two systems”, Ming Pao Daily News reported.

District Court Judge Fi-lan Chua, who has retired six years ago, was quoted as saying: “I shall definitely be taking part in the silent march.”

Retired High Court judge William Waung Sik-ying, also retired for over six years, said in a statement that he will support the silent march.

The notion that judges should be loyal to the country as stated in the white paper is a cause for alarm, he said.

Waung said it is regrettable that the Hong Kong government has chosen to remain silent on the incorrect interpretations in the white paper.

Professor Johannes Chan, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong, said the controversy of the white paper lies in the debate whether there should be political requirements for judges. Retired judges decided to step up, since the Secretary of Justice Rimsky Yuen has failed to address the issue.

The silent protest will start at 5:30 pm from the Supreme Court in Admiralty and end at the Court of Final Appeal in Central.

Former Hong Kong Bar Association Chairman Denis Chang, one of the organizers of the silent march, said he hopes the government will listen to the views of the legal sector in a quiet environment. It is important that ‘one country’ and ‘two systems’ are given the same importance, Chang added.

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