China News Agency, Beijing, January 25th, title: Returning to the legal profession, the Hong Kong Bar Association has a lot to do
China News Agency reporter Rong Haisheng
The Hong Kong Bar Association recently held its annual general meeting, and Mr. Du Gankun, SC, was elected as the chairman, replacing Xia Boyi, who has been questioned by the public.
Du Gankun said that the Bar Association is a professional body and should not handle and discuss political matters.
All walks of life in Hong Kong generally expect the Bar Association to get out of the quagmire of "politicization", return to rationality and legal profession, and respect and maintain the constitutional order of Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Bar Association has a history of more than 70 years and is one of the major legal bodies in Hong Kong.
However, in recent years, especially since Xia Boyi took office as the chairman of the association last year, he has clamored to revise the Hong Kong National Security Law, questioned the authority of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, blatantly supported "Hong Kong independence" elements, smeared the law enforcement, put pressure on the judiciary, and pushed the association Towards the "politicized" quagmire.
Xia Boyi concealed his political status as a member of the UK Liberal Democrats and an Oxford City Councillor, cooperated with external forces in the US and the West to interfere in Hong Kong affairs, and repeatedly pointed the finger at the central government.
The spokesperson of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council and the spokesperson of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region have criticized separately, and solemnly pointed out that Xia Boyi's remarks completely deviated from professional ethics and professional conscience, and completely lost the spirit and principle of the rule of law. Arrogance and ignorance will also drag the Bar Association further down the abyss.
Observers have noticed that Xia Boyi's negative impact on the Hong Kong Bar Association has caused dissatisfaction within the association, the legal profession and even society.
Cai Weibang and many other vice-chairmen and executive committee members of the guild brazenly resigned from their seats.
The rule of law is the core value that the majority of Hong Kong citizens believe in. The Bar Association has played an important role in safeguarding the rule of law in Hong Kong in the past.
In the past year or so, the formulation and implementation of the National Security Law for Hong Kong and the improvement of the electoral system have brought about a major transition in the SAR from chaos to governance.
The general public hopes that the legal profession will focus on professional fields and contribute legal expertise to implement the principle of "patriots governing Hong Kong" and ensure the steady and long-term implementation of "one country, two systems".
Hong Kong's legal and judicial fields are showing a new look: the judiciary has responded to the public's call for gradual reforms to pursue more professionalism, fairness and efficiency; the general election of the Hong Kong Law Society's Council and the Legislative Council's legal seat elections were won by people who love the country and Hong Kong .