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立即釋放內地維權律師 懇求香港律師會、大律師公會發聲

2015/7/13 — 12:04

【法政匯思短評:關於內地維權律師近日被大肆被捕、扣留、失蹤】
THE PROGRESSIVE LAWYERS GROUP'S SHORT COMMENTARY REGARDING THE RECENT MASS ARRESTS, DETENTION OR DISAPPEARANCE OF MAINLAND CHINESE HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS

在最近幾天,多位內地維權律師被官方拘捕、扣留、失蹤。最新消息顯示,近日受到這樣待遇的維權律師、其律師事務所人員及與其有聯繫的維權人士已經超過100人。根據官方消息,這些人士涉嫌煽動群眾、炒作所謂維權訴訟、然而從中籌款及得益。

我們可以花很多時間做很多分析去解釋為何官方的指控是沒有根據或者是誤導性甚深。但是,維權是律師的天職是不需要分析的。被迫害的平民百姓有權找律師幫助是不需要分析的。在沒有司法獨立的制度下,平民百姓與律師在沒有其他辦法的情況下,以群眾運動、籌款處理集體訴訟方式去尋求司法公義是不需要分析的。所以,近日的大肆拘捕、扣留及被失蹤根本就是莫須有這個鐵一般的事實是不需要分析的。

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因此,我們強烈要求官方立即釋放所有被捕、扣留及被失蹤的維權律師及與他們有關連的人士。我們亦懇求香港的律師會及大律師公會透過他們的理事會或者憲制及人權事務委員會就這事件堅定地發聲,因為「今夕吾軀歸故土、他朝君體也相同。」

法政匯思 2015年7月13日

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Over the past few days, many Mainland Chinese human rights lawyers have been arrested, detained or otherwise made to disappear by authorities. The latest information suggests that over 100 such lawyers, their staff or related human rights activists have been so treated. According to the authorities, these persons have incited crowds, cooked up so-called human rights litigation, and sought to raise funds and benefit from the same.

We can of course spend much time conducting significant amounts of analysis to explain why the authorities' allegations are either unfounded or deeply misleading. However, the fact that the very mission of lawyers is to protect rights needs no analysis. The fact that ordinary people who are being persecuted have the right to seek the assistance of lawyers needs no analysis. The fact that under a system without judicial independence, ordinary citizens and lawyers are forced, as a last resort, to mass protests and fundraising for group litigation in order to seek justice from the Courts, needs no analysis. As such, the fact that the recent arrests, detentions and disappearances are without basis needs no analysis.

Therefore, we strongly demand that the authorities immediately release the human rights lawyers and their associates who have been arrested, detained or have otherwise disappeared. We also call on the Hong Kong Law Society and the Hong Kong Bar Association, whether through their Councils or their Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights Committees, to speak out strongly in relation to this. After all, if we remain silent today, it might be our turn to "face the music" one day.

Progressive Lawyers Group 13 July 2015

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