Please monitor the constitutional development in Hong Kong and pressure the Chinese Government to honour their promises to the people of Hong Kong under the principle of “One Country Two Systems.
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In June this year, the Chinese government issued a White Paper to set out an "official" interpretation of the Basic Law. Not only does the White Paper threaten the independence of the justice system, it also demonstrates an attempt to undermine the rule of law in Hong Kong and to erode its core values, ultimately threatening the foundational faith in Hong Kong's future.
The promise of “Hong Kong people running Hong Kong with a high level of autonomy” is replaced by new concepts such as "complete jurisdiction", "oversight by the Central Government" and “judges must be patriotic”. This jeopardises the development of fully fledged democracy in Hong Kong whilst threatening the independence of Hong Kong's respected legal system at the same time.
In July, the Hong Kong government submitted to Beijing a report on the selection of the Chief Executive in 2017 and the formation of the Legislative Council in 2016. On June 22, nearly 800,000 people participated in a Civil Referendum, 90% of whom supported a proposal that involves civic nomination. The Report considered this too minor to be counted as “mainstream opinion” and nothing was said of how the public could be properly represented.
On July 1, over 500,000 people took their frustrations to the streets. However, the voice of the people has fallen on deaf ears. The failure of the report to aptly reflect Hong Kong people's views seems to signify the shrinking likelihood of genuine universal suffrage. This is a huge step backward in Hong Kong's constitutional and democratic development.
The Chinese People’s Congress Standing Committee on August 31 released a draft resolution of the election rule of the next Chief Executive. A Nominating Committee continues to be composed of 1,200 pro-Beijing and business appointees (with very few that could be considered independent) will be formed. Chief Executive candidates must obtain approval from the majority of the committee members and the number of candidates will be limited to two to three. One person one vote to select a government-approved candidate is not election by universal suffrage. This signals that Beijing has no intention of delivering on its promise of true democracy and unfortunately Hong Kong is running out of time. Hong Kong people’s hopes for democracy over the past 30 years are completely shattered.
The people of Hong Kong cannot rely on their government for a democratic future. It is not the case for the Chinese Government to issue a decree and the people of Hong Kong to comply.
Australia needs to take a strong stand in the preservation of the dignity of the Hong Kong people. Please demonstrate Australian support of their demand for genuine universal suffrage. We shall never let them stand alone!
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