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Spurious events for the LegCo

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Social Workers’ Organisation, the Justice and Peace Commission and the Social Concern Group from St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Tsing Yi, as well as around 20,000 people who signed a petition saying that the disqualification is trampling on the election results, have expressed deep concern over the barring of four members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) by the court on July 14.
 

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A prayer and a march in search of courage

HONG KONG (SE): The traditional ecumenical prayer meeting that has been held prior to the July 1 march lost its old spot in Victoria Park this year, as did the organisers of the march, who lost their gathering ground to the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese sovereignty.
 

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Face challenges with faith commission urges

HONG KONG (SE): In the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong, Christians have been urged to care for marginalised people and value the formation of young people.
 
In a statement published in Kung Kao Po on June 18, the Justice and Peace Commission said that Hong Kong people have been facing increasingly tough situations since the handover, which makes it all the more imperative for Christians in Hong Kong cling to their faith and Catholic social teaching.
 

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Rekindling the spirit of Archbishop Romero

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission held a double-barrelled celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of its foundation, beginning with an afternoon study on the implications of the life of its patron, Blessed Oscar Romero, at St. Patrick’s parish in Lok Fu on March 12 and a Mass at Mary Help of Christians in Ma Tau Wei on March 18.

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A sham that demands attention

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission is urging people to be concerned and take an interest in the selection of the next chief executive, who is set to be chosen from a running pack of three by an elite, small circle Election Committee made up of only 1,194 people on March 26.

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Call to withdraw judicial reviews

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission issued a joint statement along with other Christian groups, urging the chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, to withdraw the judicial reviews he filed on December 2 against four members of the Legislative Council (LegCo).

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Beijing fuels dissent

HONG KONG (UCAN): The disqualification of election candidates judged by returning officers to be pro-independence and consequently not able to uphold the Basic Law, seems to indicate a tightening on political freedom by Beijing.

Jackie Hung Ling Ling-yu, from the Justice and Peace Commission, said this is not the first time that the government has interfered with the election process.

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Calls for reform hit wall of security around visiting Beijing official

Hong Kong (UCAN): Even as Zhang Dejiang, chairperson of the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, arrived on May 17 for a three-day visit to Hong Kong, advocates called on the government in Beijing to keep its fingers out of local affairs and to restart the political reform process.

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A call for non-violent resistance

HONG KONG (SE): The Church must display non-violent resistance towards the unjust policies of the government of Hong Kong as a witness to the power public opinion can have in society, as it can serve as a wakeup call to the sleeping consciences of those who normally sit on the sidelines of social issues.

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