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Hong Kong Archbishop attacks Govt over anti-subversion law

The leader of Hong Kong's Catholic Church, Archbishop Joseph Zen, has criticised the government over the way it handled consultations over the territory's proposed anti-subversion law.

He said it's outrageous that his opposition was not included in a recent summary of views published by the Security Bureau.

There have already been several allegations that the bureau ignored or distorted opposition.

The Democratic Party alleged that it was categorised as being indifferent to the proposals, when its opposition had been clearly stated.

There have also been claims that large petitions were not treated seriously.

The Hong Kong Security Secretary, Regina Ip, has apologised for omitting or wrongly categorising views. She put it was down to computer or human error.

The proposed legislation has prompted widespread fears that it will lead to restrictions on free speech and political and religious activities, similar to those in force on the Chinese mainland.


Hong Kong Anti-Subversion Plan Revised (AP)
Hong Kong polls rank bishop as 'Most Significant Person in 2002' (14/1/02)
Bishop Zen Voted 'Most Significant Person In 2002' (UCA News)
HK's 'Vatican agent' irks Beijing (CNN)
New Hong Kong church leader warns on anti-subversion law (8/10/02)
Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, S.D.B. (
Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong

7 Feb 2003