2 May 1997
Mr. Martin Lee responds to British Party Victory
Democratic Party Chairman Martin Lee today responded to
the victory for Tony Blair' British Labour Party and called on the new
British leadership to visit Hong Kong soon and to actively defend Hong Kong' elected institutions, rule of law and way of life.
Commenting on the victory, Mr. Lee said:
"When I met Tony Blair last year, he assured me of
his and the Labour Party's commitment to democratic institutions and the
rule of law in Hong Kong. I
explained to him then the great damage an appointed legislature would do to
freedoms and the rule of law in Hong Kong.
Since he has done so well in the British polls, I am sure Mr. Blair
sees the importance of holding free and fair elections and the significance of
a mandate from the people.
No democratically elected politician would sanction an elected
legislature being replaced by an illegal, appointed one.
Now that Mr. Blair
and the Labour Party are in government, it is critical that he and likely
Foreign Secretary Robin Cook visit Hong Kong and enunciate their Hong Kong
policy as soon as possible. As
latest developments bode badly for freedoms, democracy and the rule of law
after the handover, the world community will now look to the new British
government and Mr. Blair to ensure the Joint Declaration is honoured and
honoured in full."