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Positive contribution to a futile exercise


(Hong Kong: 11 May 2004) The Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor urges today the Hong Kong public to register their opposition to the current undemocratic political system in Hong Kong and the consultation on political development in Hong Kong. This would be a positive contribution to these futile consultations.

By formally registering such opposition, the public will avoid being mis-interpreted as accepting or acquiescing in the denial of the right to universal and equal suffrage in Hong Kong by the Chinese and Hong Kong authorities.

By registering such opposition, the public will also avoid lending legitimacy to window dressing amendments to the system. The people power demonstrated in the July 1 demonstration should translate itself into a huge number of opposition registrations against the lack of democracy in Hong Kong.

“Let statistics tell the truth,” said Law Yuk-kai, Director of Human Rights Monitor. “The only way to stop the authorities from including you in its unholy alliance to undermine the prospect of democracy is to have a massive show of opposition by telling them not to count us in their supporters’ list, and to tell the authorities that we have had enough of being included in their futile exercise.

The earlier consultation conducted before the Second Report by the Constitutional Reform Task Force has led to a list of nine factors which are basically not only obstacles to the current constitutional review,
but which will also haunt Hong Kong in future reviews. Human Rights Monitor sees no usefulness in such a consultation, which will be used to defeat calls for democracy and manipulate Hong Kong to suit the Chinese authorities.

“A proportional increase in the number of functional constituency seats with any increase in the seats returned by universal and equal suffrage will only encourage the Frankenstein-like functional constituencies to grow. Not only do they serve no good purpose but it also makes it more difficult to kill them off,” warned Law in response to the call for “increasing democracy” by increasing the number of seats. The Chinese authorities have forced on Hong Kong a 50 to 50 ratio of the number of functional constituency seats to seats elected by universal and equal suffrage in the Legislative Council election in 2008.

The obvious approach to solving Hong Kong’s problems inherent in its political system are to have reforms centred around the Chief Executive and all the Members of the Legislative Council being returned on the basis of universal and equal suffrage.

“There is no point in wasting efforts in providing any models under the restrictions set by the Chinese authorities because any useful improvements will not be accepted by the Chinese authorities and the business tycoons who want to monopolise political power in Hong Kong.
All reasonable solutions to solving Hong Kong’s current political deficiencies will be taken as a direct challenge to political domination and will not be accepted.

“The best strategy for the Hong Kong public is to continue to demand for their right to universal suffrage. Mounting pressure by focusing on the problems will be more beneficial than wasting time offering possible solutions to questions that the authorities never really intended to be answered,” said Law. “Until the political atmosphere in the Chinese leadership shows any sign of change, offering detailed and meaningful reform proposals is just futile.”