加國現有法案已可制裁港官 Canada’s existing bill already can sanction HK officials

Hong Kong Watch Facebook post link:
https://www.facebook.com/1457138397739962/posts/2687391618047961/
Hong Kong Watch Twitter post link:
https://twitter.com/hk_watch/status/1234125653580111873

綜合社交媒體及現場訪問消息。Hong Kong Watch日前於社交媒體透露,加國政府正審視制裁中港官員之名單。在該組織的Twitter中,不少網民呼籲通過馬格尼茨基法案。其實此法案早已通過,僅需動用法案制裁即可。此外,數日前一個活動中有會眾發問加拿大會否效法美國立例保護香港人權及民主。Hong Kong Watch聯合創辦人Aileen Calverley解釋,其實美國的《香港人權及民主法案》是《香港關係法》法案之修訂。其他各國並無《香港關係法》,難以複製。《馬格尼茨基》法案,加拿大版本為《外國腐敗官員受害者伸張正義法》,早於2017年通過,並可制裁違反人權的中港官員。若果加國要複制美國版本,須通過一連串立法程序,不如實施現有法案更為省事,毋須走冤枉路。

As Hong Kong Watch disclosed in social media, Canadian government is looking at the sanction list of China and Hong Kong officials. In Hong Kong Watch’s twitter, lots of people call to pass Magnitsky act. Actually the act has passed, just need to be implemented. Few days ago in an event, when a participant asked if Canada can pass a bill like “Hong Kong Human Right and Democracy Act”, Aileen Calverley, the co-founder of Hong Kong Watch clarified the situation. According to Aileen Calverley, “Hong Kong Human Right and Democracy Act” is a modification of “Hong Kong Policy Act” of US, and other countries cannot just copy and paste. Magnitsky Act, which Canada’s version named “Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Bill” passed in 2017, could be used in the sanction of China and Hong Kong officials. It is more efficient to implement the existing bill rather than passing a new bill through a lot of procedures.

Hong Kong Watch於社交媒體表示,影子國防部長貝贊(James Bezan)支持以馬格尼茨基法案制裁香港違反人權之官員及黑警。加拿大已以此法案制裁不少國家以及人士,現在正研究再以此法案制裁。Aileen Calverley上週會見貝贊,並討論重審對華政策及平衡印度亞太政策。貝贊表示,他特別關心香港抗爭者及其集會自由。

James Bezan MP, the Shadow Minister for National Defence of Canada, advocates for the use of the Magnitsky Act in order to hold Hong Kong police and officials accountable. Canada has sanctions and related measures in place against a number of countries, as well as sanctions against specific individuals. A study of sanctioning is now underway.

James Bezan MP met with Hong Kong Watch co-founder Aileen Calverley and talked about the reset of China policy and rebalancing of Indo- Asia Pacific policy. He especially cares about Hong Kong’s protesters and their rights for freedom of assembly.

●Hong Kong Watch co-founder Aileen Calverley (L), James Bezan MP (M), New Hong Kong Cultural Club founder Jane Lee (R).
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