Wikimedia Community User Group Hong Kong/Resolution/Fugitive Offenders Amendment Bill
Statement regarding the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019
Rights for the Wikimedia movement to provide existing services in Hong Kong is one of the core missions of Wikimedia Community User Group Hong Kong. It includes both the provision and (unlimited) access of free knowledge.
The Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019 has brought underlying fear for the above-mentioned mission. In this Bill, restrictions for extraditing personnel to China are lifted. As seen by how the People’s Republic of China engages in activities against access of Wikipedia (and its sister projects), the Hong Kong User Group is in dire concern of the silencing effect this bill brings, and how it fundamentally uncovers the protection of rights for the Wikimedia Movement to provide services (including, but not limited to access of Wikipedia) in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong User Group is in dire concern of the effects the proposed bill may bring, and urges all parties to stay calm and keep rational. We also hope the government may withdraw the above-mentioned bill, and to resubmit the bill only when citizens (and different stakeholders) of the city are properly consulted and the concerns resolved.
The statement was released at 16 May, 2019 and was resolved by a consensus of Group Liaisons and Community Members.