24 January 1997
Party Chairman Martin Lee and Legislator Sin Chung Kai Leave for 10-city
European Trip to Discuss Future of Hong Kong with European
Democratic Party Chairman Martin Lee will leave Sunday,
January 26 on a 10-city trip across Europe to discuss the future of Hong Kong.
Party Legislator Sin Chung Kai will accompany him for part of the trip.
Travelling to Europe at the invitation of the Council of
Europe in Strasbourg (which will sponsor the trip) and of the European
Parliament in Brussels, the two democratic legislators will travel to
Strasbourg, Brussels, the Hague, Amsterdam, Bonn, Paris, Oslo, Stockholm, Rome
The purpose of their trip is to raise Hong Kong's
profile in Europe, to emphasize the critical role Hong Kong plays as the heart
of Pacific Rim economy and to explain to European people, politicians and
press the challenges Hong Kong's 6.3 million people face as the 30 June 1997
transfer of sovereignty approaches. They will discuss the implications for freedom, democracy,
human rights and the rule of law of the impending handover to China.
In Europe, Martin Lee will give numerous speeches to
parliamentarians, foundations, the media, business associations, legal groups,
overseas Chinese and the public. They
will meet top Ministers and leading parliamentarians in the European
Parliament, including addressing the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European
Parliament and of all countries they are visiting.
In particular, they will be urging the European Community to adopt
visa-free access for Hong Kong SAR passport holders.
Party Chairman Martin Lee will give a press conference
tomorrow to discuss his trip and its objectives.
Press Conference Details:
Press Conference to
Office of Martin Lee
704A Admiralty Centre
18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong