Date
16 December 2017
Kevin Yam says he will be starting up a group with other lawyers to discuss Hong Kong's core values. 
Photo: HKEJ
Kevin Yam says he will be starting up a group with other lawyers to discuss Hong Kong's core values. Photo: HKEJ

Kevin Yam quits Law Society human rights panel

Kevin Yam Kin-fung is resigning from the Law Society’s constitutional and human rights committee, Apple Daily reported Friday.

Yam tabled a no-confidence motion against Ambrose Lam San-keung, then the society’s president, last year, over his support of a white paper Beijing issued on Hong Kong.

Lam subsequently resigned from his post.

Yam refused to comment Thursday on whether his departure from the committee has to do with several pro-Beijing lawyers joining it recently. 

He said he will be forming a new platform with a group of young lawyers to put forward opinions on matters relating to Hong Kong’s core values.

Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, Melissa Kaye Pang, Nicholas Chan Hiu-fung and Amirali Nasir, the first three of whom are widely considered to be in the pro-Beijing camp, joined the committee recently.

Ho formed a group against the Occupy Central protests last year.

Pang was an appointed district councilor close to the pro-establishment camp.

Chan was seen making speeches at public events against the Occupy protesters last year.

The committee used to have eight members, with Yam and two other lawyers, John Clancey and Mark Daly, considered to be pro-democracy, two other members in the neutral camp and three others belonging to the pro-establishment camp.

That subtle balance no longer exists with the addition of the four new members.

While denying that the new members are pro-government, Ho said differences in political background would not be an appropriate reason for Yam to quit the committee.

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