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Henry Litton’s law: Hong Kong judges must put common good above individual rights

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When political controversies become seriously polarised, few people are willing to step across the dividing line. Those who do so run the risk of being pilloried and mocked as sell-outs and collaborators easily co-opted and absorbed by the powerful on either side.

Hong Kong is currently in such a state. Pro-democracy partisans stand on one side, representing a majority of the voting public. Ranged against them are the Hong Kong government’s pro-establishment allies, reinforced by all the power of the Chinese state, now further strengthened by the national security law promulgated for Hong Kong on June 30. 

Police barriers on Legislative Council Road. Photo: Rhoda Kwan/HKFP

The new law is being interpreted and implemented in a way that is new to Hong Kong’s Common Law judicial system, which was allowed to remain intact after the 1997 transfer from British to Chinese rule. 

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