【中英對照】黃之鋒、鄺頌晴投書《華郵》:美國應執行《香港人權民主法》,制裁中國與香港官員

2020-05-25 10:51

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Ultimately, without a proper democratic legislative procedure, vague legal terms such as “secession” and “subversion” easily devolve into repressive tools that intrude on our fundamental freedoms and rights, including freedom of speech, assembly and religion. It is not implausible that any criticism against the Chinese or Hong Kong governments — or even demonstration of support for the Hong Kong movements — will soon be construed as a subversive act, punishable by law. This chilling effect will eventually snowball: It starts with widespread self-censorship in the city and then spills over its borders into the rest of the world.

在沒有一個妥當、民意基礎的立法程序下,定義含糊的法律用詞像「分裂國家」以及「顛覆國家」極易就會被用作打壓、迫害的工具,侵害我們與生俱來的自由和權利,包括言論自由、集會自由以及宗教自由。所有對於中國以及香港政府的批評,甚至只是支持香港運動的聲音,極有可能被視為分裂或顛覆國家的行為,受到法律的制裁。這種寒蟬效應將會持續發酵,城內將會出現大量的自我審查,而這種審查勢將蔓延至國際社會。

The liberty of the city — from its role of international financial hub to the vibrancy of its civil society — has always been important to the interests of the international community. Furthermore, the promises of “one country, two systems,” “high degree of autonomy” and universal suffrage enshrined in the Basic Law are backed by the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which was recognized under international law. Top-down insertion of the national security law goes beyond a local matter in Hong Kong: It is intended to silence the will of the international community.

香港的自由─不論是她作為國際金融中心的角色,還是她充滿生命力的公民社會─都關係到國際社會的利益。再者,基本法所承諾的「一國兩制」丶「高度自治」以及普選,本就得到國際法下所簽訂的《中英聯合聲明》認可。是次中央政府自上而下推行的《國安法》已經不只是香港的本地事務,更是對國際社會的威嚇,讓其噤聲。

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