Hong Kong Law Journal
2019, Vol. 49, Issue 2, pp. 431-446
Abstract: In June 2019, on two consecutive Sundays, millions of people took to the streets to oppose the proposed bill to amend the Fugitive Offenders and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance (the Bill). These were the largest ever demonstrations in the history of Hong Kong, and the peaceful demonstrations attracted world-wide attention and global admiration. This article will comment on a number of questions: (1) what led to the Bill? (2) why judicial guarantees were considered insufficient for the protection of human rights in the Bill? (3) what led to the suspension of the Bill? and (4) what are the implications on the governance of Hong Kong and the relationship between Hong Kong and the Mainland?