眾籌抗惡法 – 推翻《禁止蒙面規例》
The fight against an “evil law”: Overturning the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation
Beginning in June, with their blood, sweat and tears Hongkongers have finally forced Carrie Lam to officially withdraw the Extradition Bill. Nevertheless, the protests will persist until all five demands of Hongkongers are met.
Under the illusion that by outlawing face covering the determination of Hongkongers would wane and that the crisis which she created would come to an end, Carrie Lam’s administration invoked the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to enact the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation on 4th October.
Carrie Lam withdrew an evil law only to push two others. She has bypassed normal legislative procedures and disregarded the Legislative Council’s constitutional powers and responsibilities to scrutinise legislations. This violation of people’s right to personal freedom and safety is completely unacceptable, and has set a terrible precedent. The Pandora’s Box that is the Emergency Regulations Ordinance has now been opened, the SAR government is set to become a dictatorship, wherein the Chief Executive can arbitrarily bypass the Legislative Council and enact additional evil laws which clearly undermine human rights and civil liberties.
We, the 24 pro-democracy legislators, filed a judicial review on 5th October to urgently suspend the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation. We seek the court’s determination that the Emergency Regulations Ordinance is unconstitutional, so as to invalidate the Regulation and prohibit the government from introducing any further emergency regulations. We expect the legal fight will cost a fortune as most likely it will need to go all the way to the Court of Final Appeal; and if we lose, we may have to pay the government side's sky-high legal costs. The estimated legal cost of both parties is HK$5,000,000. We 24 legislators cannot fight this case alone; your support will be essential.
Many a little makes a mickle. We therefore launch this crowdfunding project to fight against the evil laws together with all Hongkongers.
To raise funds for the litigation costs of the judicial review, with the aim that the court will declare Carrie Lam’s enactment of the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation by using the Emergency Regulations Ordinance unconstitutional.
The estimation of both parties’ legal cost is HK$5,000,000. We the 24 pro-democracy legislators have raised HK$1,500,000 amongst ourselves. Our target is to raise a further HK$3,850,000 (HK$3,500,000 for litigation costs, and HK$350,000 as the 10% administrative fees charged by the crowdfunding platform).
Fund use and supervision:
The funds raised will be used to pay for the costs of the judicial review at the Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal, and Court of Final Appeal. The costs include legal advice by local and overseas legal experts, legal costs and disbursements at trial, and the cost of the government’s side in case that we lose and that we are required to pay.
Mr. Nelson Miu (Barrister, Election Committee member (Accountancy)), Dr. Victor Wai (Accountant, Election Committee member (Accountancy)) and Mr. Cheng Ho-long (Accountant, Election Committee member (Accountancy)) have been appointed to act as the trustees of the funds. The trustees will make regular reports to the public on the progress of the crowdfunding, progress of the judicial review, and the financial status. An audited account will be released every two months until the judicial review is complete. We will commit to the principles of openness and transparency in accounting for all incomes and expenditures, and ensure all funds raised are used in accordance with the purpose of the crowdfunding.
After settling all costs, remaining funds, if any, will be split equally and donated to the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund and the Justice Defense Fund.
*We thank the Civic Party for letting us use their Stripe and PayPal account to receive the donations, which will be transferred to the account in law firm.