🌊 British judges leave Hong Kong's highest court
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UK judges resign over the security law
National Security Law
Two judges from Britain who served in the Court of Final Appeal have tendered their resignations over the city’s national security law. The non-permanent judges, Robert Reed and Patrick Hodge, submitted their resignations with immediate effect.
Reed said that the security law has made it such that they feel unable to practice law in Hong Kong’s court:
"I have concluded, in agreement with the government, that the judges of the Supreme Court cannot continue to sit in Hong Kong without appearing to endorse an administration which has departed from values of political freedom, and freedom of expression."
— Robert Reed
The British government has backed this decision; British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss agreed that “it is no longer tenable for British judges to sit on Hong Kong's leading court, and would risk legitimising oppression”.
Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal Andrew Cheung noted their leave “with regret”. Chief Executive Carrie Lam “vehemently refutes” the reasoning behind their departure:
"We have no choice but acquiesced in the two eminent judges' decision to resign from the CFA following the UK Government's decision to discontinue an agreement that has been respected and has served both the Hong Kong and UK interests well for years, but we must vehemently refute any unfounded allegations that the judges' resignations have anything to do with the introduction of the Hong Kong National Security Law (NSL) or the exercise of freedom of speech and political freedom in Hong Kong."
— Chief Executive Carrie Lam
Appeal against vaccine pass “failed to state any proper ground”
A woman’s attempt to file an appeal against Hong Kong’s vaccine pass was unsuccessful. In her appeal, the woman (who is unvaccinated) complained that she lost job opportunities and lost her “easy access to affordable food and daily necessities”. The judge ruled that her complaints were “one of inconvenience”, and didn’t think “access to wet markets or supermarkets can arguably be described as basic rights.”
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