(English Version Below)
鄭宇碩教授、朱耀明牧師及陳健民教授於今天宣佈成立「守護公義基金」(Justice Defence Fund) 為劉小麗、羅冠聰、姚松炎及梁國雄四位立法會議員籌募經費，面對政府司法覆核其議員資格的官司。
基金會將透過街站、網上眾籌及向個別商界及專業人士募捐。1 月 1 日元旦遊行將是重要的籌款機會，基金會呼籲市民屆時踴躍捐助，以公民力量 「守護公義、對抗 DQ」！
銀行名稱：恒生銀行 (HANG SENG BANK)
戶口名稱：香港教育專業人員協會 (HONG KONG PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS』 UNION)
Today, Professor Joseph Yu-shek Cheng, Rev. Chu Yiu-ming and Professor Chan Kin-man announce the establishment of the Justice Defence Fund to raise money for the legal defence of the four Legislative Councillors – Lau Siu-lai, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, Edward Yiu Chung-yim and Leung Kwok-hung – who now face judicial review regarding their status as members of the Legislative Council.
Spokesman of the Fund, Professor Chan Kin-man, points out that as the oaths of the four legislators had been accepted by the President of the Legislative Council as effective and they have been serving as Legislative Councillors for a period of time, the challenge of their status launched by the Chief Executive is a violation of the authority of the Legislative Council, an interference against its functioning, and a political harassment of the legislators concerned.
Court proceedings concerned are costly and may easily amount to millions of Hong Kong dollars. While the C.Y. Leung administration is supported by public funds, the four legislators will have to bear the costs themselves. If they lose the cases, they may become bankrupt because of the heavy court expenditures incurred by both the administration as well as the defence. “The asymmetry of the legal battles constitute an injustice, and may easily become an instrument for the government to suppress political dissidence. We the trustees therefore appeal to the community for financial support.”
The Fund will collect donations through street appeals, crowd-funding on the Internet and approaches to well-off individuals. The protest rally on New Year’s Day will be an important occasion for fund-raising. “We appeal for the generous support of Hong Kong people to ‘Defend Justice, Confront DQ’ with civic power.”
As the anticipated need for funding is substantial, the trustees of the Fund have to be cautious in meeting this severe challenge. The Fund will initially limit itself to pay for the expenditure incurred in the judicial review processes of the four legislators. Any surplus money will then be used in support of other court cases arising from political activities.
As two of the legislators are teachers and one of them still a student, the Fund has secured the help of the Professional Teachers’ Union in setting up a bank account for the collection of donations. In offering this service, the Professional Teachers’ Union would like to show its commitment in providing assistance and legal counselling to those who suffer political persecution.
Bank: Hang Seng Bank
Bank Account No.: 788-006039-001
Bank Account Holder: Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union
Trustees of the Justice Defence Fund:
Professor Joseph Yu-shek Cheng
Rev. Chu Yiu-ming
Professor Chan Kin-man