U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill to put a number of local officials, judges and prosecutors who enforce the National Security Law on the sanctions list. The Hong Kong Bar Association said that this is the third time that there has been an attempt to interfere with Hong Kong's judicial system, and condemns in the strongest terms any attempt by anyone anywhere to sanction judges, judicial officers and legal practitioners in Hong Kong.

The Institute also expressed confidence in the judges in Hong Kong, believing that they would continue to operate independently of politics and independently. Judicial independence is not only guaranteed by the Basic Law, but also meets the legitimate aspirations of the people of Hong Kong.

The Bar Association welcomes the appointment of former Chairman Anthony Lam as Secretary for Justice. (File photo)

The Hong Kong Bar Association stated that the action calling for sanctions is unduly interfering with the independent operation of the Hong Kong judiciary and the administration of justice in Hong Kong, and is contrary to the spirit of the rule of law. The HKIC hopes that the statement will remind the public that judges and judicial officers must be able to exercise judicial power independently, without regard to any politics and without any interference. Similarly, a legal practitioner, whether acting for the prosecution or the defence, should never be pressured or punished for properly discharging his duties in the judicial process in Hong Kong.

The Law Society of Hong Kong (file photo)

The Law Society of Hong Kong also strongly condemns any attempt to interfere with the administration of justice or challenge the rule of law, judicial independence, prosecutorial or integrity in government governance. The Law Society of Hong Kong stated that any attempt to impose sanctions on judges, prosecutors and government officials who are assigned to handle certain types of cases, or who perform their duties on the basis of their statutory roles, is an affront to the rule of law and the integrity of judicial, prosecutorial and government governance.

The statement mentioned that the Basic Law establishes the constitutional status of judicial independence in Hong Kong, and that the constitutional role of judges and judicial officers is also adjudicated by law, that the Basic Law stipulates that judges and judicial officers should adjudicate cases in accordance with the law, and that the judicial oath of all judges and judicial officers requires them to uphold the law and uphold justice without fear, and that the Basic Law also stipulates that the Department of Justice of Hong Kong shall be responsible for criminal prosecution work without any interference.

The statement pointed out that the National Security Law clearly stipulates that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) shall, in safeguarding national security, respect and protect the human rights enjoyed by HKSAR residents under the Basic Law and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights applicable to Hong Kong.

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