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Curriculum change supported

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung today welcomed the Baptist University’s move to incorporate national security education in their curriculum, saying it is educators’ duty to promote national security education.   Making the remarks today, Mr Yeung said: “I think this is in accordance to the National Security Law because Article 10 requires all the schools including universities to promote national security education in their schools.”   He added that he believes the higher education institutions are adopting their own approaches in this cause.   “Our requirement is for all these educational institutions to follow the Hong Kong National Security Law, the requirements under the Article 10.”   When asked about a teacher’s comment concerning an athlete’s attire during an Olympic competition, Mr Yeung stressed that the whole community should support the Hong Kong team in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.   “So far I think the relevant persons have already made a clarification about

Harassment of judges unacceptable

The Government today said it will not tolerate any act of harassment against judges while they are performing their judicial duties.   In a statement, the Department of Justice said if there is any attempt to exert influence over court proceedings through despicable means, the Government will spare no effort in bringing the culprit to justice in order to safeguard the due administration of the judicial process and public peace.   Responding to the persistent harassment against a judge while handling court cases, the department noted that Article 85 of the Basic Law stipulates that the courts of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall exercise judicial power independently, free from any interference.    It said harassment acts may constitute criminal offences, noting that under the Crimes Ordinance, anyone who threatens any other person with injury to him or her shall be guilty of an offence.   The Summary Offences Ordinance points out that any person persistently making telephone calls without reasonable cause and for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to any other person commits a crime.   Such acts may also be seen as perverting the course of justice. If an act creates a real risk of prejudice to court proceedings in that the public confidence in the due administration of justice is undermined, it may amount to contempt of court.   These are serious offences that may attract a maximum sentence up to seven years’ imprisonment, the department said.   In addition, any acts of harassment, personal attacks, insults and even threats against judges would severely undermine the authority of the courts and damage public confidence in the judicial system.   The department said it is disgraceful to disrupt social order maliciously with an attempt to interfere with court proceedings. Offenders not only act in blatant defiance of the law and undermine the rule of law, but also break the law and must bear severe legal consequences, it added.
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