Date
26 July 2017
Dennis Kwok (left) says Rimsky Yuen (right) has a responsibility to join a petition for jailed mainland lawyers as an important member of Hong Kong's legal sector. Photos: HKEJ
Dennis Kwok (left) says Rimsky Yuen (right) has a responsibility to join a petition for jailed mainland lawyers as an important member of Hong Kong's legal sector. Photos: HKEJ

Yuen refuses to join petition for detained mainland lawyers

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen is refusing to join a petition in support of dozens of detained human rights lawyers and activists in the mainland.

The global signature campaign was launched by 13 of Yuen’s fellow former chairmen of the Hong Kong Bar Association.  

Hong Kong officials should not meddle in China’s internal affairs “if we don’t want them [mainland officials] to interfere in Hong Kong issues”, Yuen said in a statement Tuesday.

Such interference is not healthy for “one country, two systems”, he said. 

Legislator Dennis Kwok, who represents the legal constituency, said he had written to Yuen to persuade him to join the petition as a lawyer after the government banned officials from taking part in the campaign, according to Apple Daily.

Kwok said Yuen signed a petition by the pro-Beijing Alliance for Peace and Democracy to support the failed election reform bill.

He said Yuen has a responsibility to put his signature on the human rights petition as a “very important member of the Hong Kong legal sector”.

HK lawyers launch petition in support of China activists  (July 20, 2015)

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