Chairman's Message

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The Civic Party had its genesis in the awakening in 2003 of Hong Kong professionals who had refused to participate in politics. We no longer wanted to be penalized by being governed by our inferiors. On July 1, 2003, more than 500,000 people marched the streets of Hong Kong to protest against poor governance and, in particular, the imminent passing into law of the National Security Bill that was an affront to our core values and institutions. These values and institutions Hong Kong has shared with liberal democracies of the world. They include the Rule of Law, Separation of Powers, Freedoms of information and speech, Liberties guaranteed to individuals, Openness, Equality, Fair Competition and Market Economy, just to mention a few.

In the 12 years since its inauguration on 19 March 2006, the Civic Party has been doing our utmost to defend these values and institutions we in Hong Kong, alongside liberal democracies of the world, have believed in and trusted for centuries. We believe the price of freedom is eternal vigilence. These efforts of ours are, however, becoming increasingly less effective given President Xi Jinping's confidence in the China Model. The President, by his latest constitutional amendments passed by the 13th National People's Congress, has undone attempts by Deng Xiaoping to institutionalize machineries of the Chinese Communist Party and the country. The high degree autonomy and universal suffrage promised by the mini constitution of Hong Kong, The Basic Law, are respectively under threat and nowhere in sight.

In the pages of this publication, readers will see collected pictures of the more significant moments in the past when the Civic Party stood up and defended Hong Kong's core values and institutions. Albums are arranged under headings of

1. Rule of Law
2. Safeguarding Hong Kong's Autonomy
3. Interacting with International Communities
4. Engaging the Civil Society
5. Defending Human Rights
6. Advocacy in Elections
7. Protecting Individuals and Minorities

It cannot be emphasized more that despite setbacks caused by treacherous behaviour of the sovereign and pressure from an administration that has become more and more authoritarian, we have not despaired and are definitely not giving up. When values and institutions practised by liberal democracies of the world are being challenged, we hope Hong Kong will continue to showcase not only that these are practical and practicable, but that they can prosper and flourish in a city that has been culturally and ethnically Chinese.

The Civic Party has always been eager and ready to share our Hong Kong experience with the world. It is time the world's liberal democracies watched this city and instructed on their interactions with China.

 

Alan LEONG Kah-kit
Chairman