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Judicial review of party ban unlikely: NPC deputy

2018-09-25 HKT 11:41
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  • Tam says the decision should be welcomed by anyone who disagrees with the concept of Hong Kong independence. Photo: RTHK
    Tam says the decision should be welcomed by anyone who disagrees with the concept of Hong Kong independence. Photo: RTHK
A local member of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) Tam Yiu-chung, said on Tuesday that the SAR government was careful to avoid attracting judicial reviews over the decision to ban the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, by giving it ample opportunity to state its case.

After announcing the intention to ban the party, the Security Bureau three times extended the deadline for it to respond.

Pro-democracy parties have said they oppose the ban because it has narrowed people’s freedom of expression.

But Tam said anyone who dislikes the idea of Hong Kong independence should agree with the decision.

In an extraordinary gazette published on Monday, the government said the move was ordered by the Secretary for Security, John Lee.

The party's convenor, Chan Ho-tin, said in a WhatsApp message that he had no response for the moment.

The ban had been under consideration for months, with the administration saying the party was a threat to national security or public safety.

Meanwhile, Tam also called for Article 23 to be enacted in Carrie Lam's term as Chief Executive, because the current legislation does not cover the seven areas - including anti-subversion - laid out in the section of the Basic Law.