26 February 1999
It is important for the court to uphold the Basic Law even if it means scrutinizing the NPC's decisions or legislative acts. The Basic Law is an enforceable legal document not simply against the Hong Kong authorities and Hong Kong people but also the Chinese authorities.
We urge the Judiciary to continue to maintain their independence and ensure that no individual or authority is above the law.
In addition, Human Rights Monitor reiterates that the judgment itself clearly did not intend to usurp the function of the NPC or its Standing Committee, and the Judiciary should never feel compelled to making any justifications of its decisions as a result of political pressure.