BEIJING (北京) has agreed to hold talks with Hong Kong on the notification mechanism of arrested Hongkongers in the mainland, in the wake of explosive revelations by a Causeway Bay Books (銅鑼灣書店) manager on his eight-month detention across the border.
Lam Wing-kee (林榮基) was one of five bookstore personnel who mysteriously went missing last year. All later emerged in the mainland.
Chief Executive (行政長官) Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) wrote to Beijing in June, relaying local concerns and proposing a review of the existing notification mechanism when SAR residents are arrested in the mainland.
But he did not mention whether Beijing also addressed three other areas mentioned in his letter.
These included how authorities across the border handle Hong Kong residents breaking mainland laws and whether any mainland authority has enforced the law in Hong Kong. The third was whether the Causeway Bay Books incident has affected “one country, two systems” and the rights guaranteed to SAR citizens under the Basic Law (基本法).
The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (港澳事務辦公室) wrote to the SAR government, saying Beijing agreed to start discussions on the mechanism between the two places. The Ministry of Public Security (公安部) confirmed this.
“The existing notification mechanism has been in operation for more than a decade, and it is necessary to be improved,” the ministry said as it invited the SAR government to send a delegation to Beijing.
Mainland authorities would also brief Hong Kong about Lam’s case, the ministry said.
Leung said his administration would liaise with central government authorities and relevant mainland departments “to work out follow-up arrangements”.
(This article is published on Sing Tao Daily on 5 July 2016)
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