英倫「香港監察」今日成立,保港人權 London-based HK Watch Launched Today (pls scroll down for Eng. version)

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曾焯文報導翻譯 Chapman Chen reports

倫敦非政府組織「香港監察」(www.hongkongwatch.org)由英國政壇猛人組成,今日(十二月十一日)倫敦時間十二點半,在英國議會下議院Speaker’s House舉辦招待會,正式成立,約有六十位貴賓到賀。香港最後一任總督彭定康先生雖然並非「香港監察」的贊助人,亦未能出席活動,但仍然送來訊息,表示支持。「香港監察」負責監察香港人權自由、一國兩制法治,在國際社會為港出聲,英國上下議院共有十三位議員參加。信託主席為英國保守黨人權委員會副主席羅澤思(Benedict Rogers)(兩月前曾被拒訪港),五位贊助人包括英國前外相聶偉敬(Malcolm Rifkind)、上議院議員 David Alton、前自由民主黨領袖 Paddy Ashdown、前工黨影子外相 Catherine West、前南斯拉夫總統米洛舍维奇屠殺罪行案主控官 Geoffrey Nice。

彭定康爵士:「抱歉,無法與各位一際出席香港監察成立典禮,喜見你們著手這項計劃,喜聞香港如此多朋友願意支持。他們獲得世界各地同情,希望他們能夠確保香港這城市繼續自由開放。中英兩國間的國際條約聯合聲明,保證香港本地自治,生活方式保持不變,直到二零四七年。中國必須信守聯合聲明義務,這點非常重要,不但對香港本身重要,而且各國亦以此估計中國未來幾年是否值得信賴。香港的朋友或支持者對香港社會發展看法公道持平,當非外部干預,只係對這偉大城市繼續友好的標誌。」

「香港監察」研究香港的自由狀況,如發現違反香港基本法和中英聯合聲明所訂權利自由的情況,會喚起英國政府同廣大國際社會關注。 「香港監察」對香港的自由和人權提供獨立而全面的分析和思想領導。 「香港監察」這項研究,會定期向英國及世界各地的國會議員、政府官員和媒體,報告香港最新境況。

 

前自由民主黨領袖 Paddy Ashdown 爵士道:「中國在世界勢力日增,責任亦日益重大,中國有責任履行對香港的承諾和義務。 近年,有跡象顯示一國兩制和香港的基本自由受到侵蝕,情況令人擔憂。 英國亦有責任,監察香港的生活方式,仗義執言。 中英聯合聲明正是兩國在聯合國簽署的聯合聲明。 香港監察正在成立,以監察研究、倡導捍衛香港自由自治,人權法治,並敦促中英雙方履行聯合聲明所規定的義務,所以我很慶幸能成為香港的守護人。」

 

御用大律師 Malcolm Rifkind爵士,九五至九七年期間曾任外相,道:「英國國民及政府覺得有義務在未來廿五年甚至其後,幫助香港人維護自由法治,香港監察是為此而舉辦的精彩創舉。」

英國會議員、前工黨影子外相 Catherine West道:「我們諸島分享悠久歷史,藉貿易教育,政治文化,繼續發展,我們對香港人權的承諾,堅定不移,一如既往,這就是何以我非常榮幸成為香港監察贊助人。」

「香港監察」信託主席羅澤思道:「根據基本法和中英聯合聲明,香港人應享普遍自由和民主改革,根據一國兩制原則,香港當有自治,但如今這些權利受到威脅,越來越令人擔心。我們認為,香港情況惡化,急需國際非政府組織監察和報告。我們總部位於倫敦,志在國際,要向英國及歐盟其他首都,以至於更多地方出聲。」

「香港監察」網站www.hongkongwatch.org

London-based NGO Hong Kong Watch (www.hongkongwatch.org), comprising important British politicians, was launched at the State Room of Speaker’s House, House of Commons, UK Parliament, at 12:30 London time on 11 December 2017. Lord Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last governor, though neither a patron of Hong Kong Watch nor an attendee of today’s launching ceremony, has sent a supportive message. Hong Kong Watch aims at monitoring and advocating Hongkongers’ freedoms, human rights, and rule of law under the one country-two systems principle, and it is going to speak out for Hong Kong internationally. Its trustee Chair is Deputy Chair of Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, Benedict Rogers (who was denied entry to HK recently). And its patrons include  Malcolm Rifkind QC, former Labour Shadow Foreign Minister Catherine West MP, former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Paddy Ashdown, independent cross-bencher Lord David Alton, and former prosecutor of Slobodan Milosevic, barrister Sir Geoffrey Nice QC.

 

Lord Chris Patten’s message to HK Watch:- “I am sorry that I can’t be with you for the launch reception of Hong Kong Watch. I am particularly glad you are taking this kind of initiative. I am delighted to hear that so many friends of Hong Kong wish to support the efforts made there. They draw sympathy from all around the world. I hope they will make certain that Hong Kong remains a free and open city. Hong Kong was of course guaranteed local autonomy and the continuation of its way of life in the Joint Declaration under the International Treaty between Britain and China which lasts until 2047.   It is important that China holds to its obligations under the Joint Declaration. Not only is this important for Hong Kong itself, but it will also be taken as a sign by many countries around the world about how much they can trust China to keep its word as the next few years unfold. It is not external interference if friends or supporters of Hong Kong take a fair, informed and balanced view of the community’s development. It is simply a mark of continuing friendship for a great city.”

Hong Kong Watch will research the status of Hong Kong’s freedoms and raise concerns with the United Kingdom government and the wider international community should violations of the rights and freedoms enshrined in Hong Kong’s Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration take place. The organisation will provide independent, comprehensive analysis and thought leadership on freedom and human rights in Hong Kong. Using this research, Hong Kong Watch will regularly update parliamentarians, government officials and the media in the UK and around the world.

 

Lord Ashdown, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats and a patron of Hong Kong Watch, who recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Hong Kong echoed his sentiments, saying,

“As China’s power in the world grows, its responsibilities increase, and China has a responsibility to live up to its promises and obligations to Hong Kong. In recent years there are worrying signs that ‘one country, two systems’ and Hong Kong’s basic freedoms are being eroded. Britain has a responsibility to Hong Kong too, to monitor and speak out for Hong Kong’s way of life. The Sino-British Joint Declaration is precisely that – a joint declaration signed by both countries and lodged at the United Nations. Hong Kong Watch is being established to monitor, research and advocate in defence of Hong Kong’s freedoms, autonomy and rule of law and to urge both China and Britain to fulfil its obligations under the Joint Declaration, and that is why I am delighted to be a Patron of Hong Kong Watch.”

Benedict Rogers, who is responsible for initiating the work of Hong Kong Watch, and was recently controversially denied entry into Hong Kong, said in the build up to the event:

 

 

“More than ever there are concerns that the universal freedoms and democratic reforms, which the people of Hong Kong are entitled to under Hong Kong’s Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration, are under threat along with Hong Kong’s autonomy under the principle of ‘one country, two systems’.

We believe that it is important that an international NGO is established to monitor and report on the worsening situation in Hong Kong. Based in London, our aim is to be international, a voice in the United Kingdom and other capitals in the EU and beyond.”

Hong Kong Watch will research the status of Hong Kong’s freedoms and raise concerns with the United Kingdom government and the wider international community should violations of the rights and freedoms enshrined in Hong Kong’s Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration take place. The organisation will provide independent, comprehensive analysis and thought leadership on freedom and human rights in Hong Kong. Using this research, Hong Kong Watch will regularly update parliamentarians, government officials and the media in the UK and around the world.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC, who served as Foreign Secretary between 1995 and 1997 in the run up to the handover of Hong Kong, said,

“The people and government of the United Kingdom feel an obligation to the people of Hong Kong to help ensure that they enjoy their freedom and the rule of law for the next 25 years and beyond. Hong Kong Watch is a splendid initiative towards that end.”

Catherine West MP: Labour Member of Parliament for Hornsey and Wood Green, and  Deputy Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on China said that:

“Our Islands share a deep history that is continuing to grow through trade, education, politics and culture and our commitment to Hong Kongers’ rights must remain as steadfast as ever, which is why I am honoured to become a Patron of Hong Kong Watch.”

Lord Alton, an independent crossbench peer and leading voice for human rights, said,

“Twenty years after the handover of Hong Kong to China, it is clear that Hong Kong’s freedoms and autonomy are threatened. Britain has specific moral and legal responsibilities to Hong Kong. The launch of Hong Kong Watch, an organization that will conduct independent, critical, constructive and responsible research and advocacy to uphold, defend and strengthen Hong Kong’s freedoms and autonomy, as promised to Hong Kong under the Basic Law, the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the concept of ‘one country, two systems’, is very welcome, timely and much needed. I am delighted to be a Patron of Hong Kong Watch, having first visited Hong Kong as a young Member of Parliament representing the city of Liverpool with its vibrant connections to Hong Kong, and having met in recent months some of the brave young campaigners for democracy in Hong Kong, Joshua Wong and Nathan Law. I look forward to supporting Hong Kong Watch as a Patron, in order to defend and strengthen the basic freedoms which Hong Kong people have been promised and deserve.”


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