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香港天主教正委會發公開信 籲 G20 國家關注香港情況

2019/6/26 — 18:24

香港政府至今未有回應反送中示威者訴求,包括撤回《逃犯條例》修訂法案及設立獨立調查委員會等。隨著 G20 峰會臨近,香港天主教正義和平委員會(正委會)今日發公開信呼籲 G20 國家及其他地區的正委會關注香港的情況及持續為香港祈禱。

公開信中提及《逃犯條例》修訂在香港引發的爭議,並提出對港府的三大要求,包括設獨立調查委員會調查 6.12 事件及當日警方行動、撤銷 6.12 的暴動定性、正式撤回《逃犯條例》修訂法案。

公開信又引用教廷的《教會社會訓導彙編》第 398 條:「當公共權威 (public authority) ——它的基礎在人的本性之內,同時屬於天主預先制定的秩序——不尋求大眾的福祉時,它即背棄自己的宗旨,自我解除其合法性」,並呼籲 G20 國家的正委會向所屬國家政府傳達香港人的訴求,與港人站在同一陣線,及為香港祈禱。

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公開信全文如下:

An open letter from Justice & Peace Commission of HK Catholic Diocese to national commissions for justice and peace in Asia, some G20 countries, Australia and New Zealand to urge them to convey our concerns and demands to their governments, and to stand with us and pray for Hong Kong.

An open letter from Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong Catholic Diocese

Under the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019 ("the Extradition Bill") as proposed by the Hong Kong Government, Hong Kong citizens and foreign nationals staying in or passing through Hong Kong could be extradited not only to China but also to any other jurisdictions in the world, including those which have not yet signed or implemented the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ("ICCPR"). These regimes include China, North Korea and Zimbabwe with which Hong Kong has no existing formal extradition agreement. In view of the poor rankings and woeful records of these countries on the rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of the press and human rights which are worlds apart from the current standards in Hong Kong, we remain totally unconvinced that the personal safety and the rights of property of Hong Kong people could be safeguarded following the passage of the Extradition Bill. The expected breakdown of the already fragile firewall protecting Hong Kong from mainland China under the "One Country, Two Systems" principle as a result of the Extradition Bill has caused utmost concerns among Hongkongers.

Without adequately going through a proper public consultation exercise, the Hong Kong Government tried to fast-track the unpopular Extradition Bill through the legislature with utter disregard to established parliamentary practice and conventions. The attempt to directly resume the Extradition Bill's second reading in the Legislative Council without going through the due process of legislative scrutiny was evident on how the Chief Executive and the Secretary for Security had robbed the right of the public and their elected representatives to influence the drafting of legislation, as well as a blatant trample on the dignity of the legislature. For these, we express our deep outrage.

While justice should be upheld for the sorrowful murder case in Taiwan, it is unwise to find justice with an unjustified solution which would result in the sacrifice of the greater good for the general public. The public had repeatedly voiced out loud and clear against the Extradition Bill, starting with the 130,000-strong demonstration on 28 April 2019, followed by the record-high turnouts of 1.03 million and later two million marchers in mid-June, in addition to the sacrifice of a campaigner who fell to his death in the process of displaying a petition banner outside a building. Despite the general dissent, the Police had responded by cracking down on unarmed peaceful protesters with an iron fist on 12 June 2019, causing disproportional casualties and furious public outcry.

We urge the Hong Kong Government to:

1) establish a completely impartial and independent Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances of the incident on 12 June 2019 and the action of the Police force;
2) retract the official description of the protest on 12 June 2019 as "riot"; and
3) adhering to public demands by formally withdrawing the Extradition Bill from the Legislative Council immediately.

According to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, “Authority must enact just laws, that is, laws that correspond to the dignity of the human person and to what is required by right reason. ‘Human law is law insofar as it corresponds to right reason and therefore is derived from the eternal law. When, however, a law is contrary to reason, it is called an unjust law; in such a case it ceases to be law and becomes instead an act of violence’’
- Section 398, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican

As world leaders are meeting in Japan for the G20 Summit, we implore your Commission to convey our concerns and demands to your governments, and to stand with us and pray for Hong Kong.

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