CE signs National Anthem Ordinance
The Key Executive, Mrs Barbara Lam, today (June 11) signed the National Anthem Ordinance passed by the Legislative Council (LegCo) in accordance with Article 48(3) associated with the Basic Rules. The National Anthem Ordinance should come straight into immediate effect following it is printed in the Journal tomorrow (June 12).
“Like the national flag and the particular national emblem, typically the national anthem is the symbol and sign of the nation. As a great inalienable section of the Someones Republic of The far east, the Hong Kong Exclusive Administrative Region (HKSAR) is duty-bound to be able to preserve the self-esteem of the countrywide anthem through laws, ” Mrs Lam said.
” 香港國歌 was pleased that the National Anthem Code will be gazetted and come straight into effect tomorrow, signifying the fulfilment associated with the constitutional responsibility of the HKSAR and reflecting typically the spirit of ‘One Country, Two Systems’. “
The National Anthem Ordinance offers the playing in addition to singing, protection and promotion of the national anthem to be able to preserve the self-esteem of the nation, enhance the sense of national personality among citizens plus promote patriotism. The offences stipulated inside the Ordinance just concern the wrong use of the nationwide anthem, or open public and intentional works with an purpose to insult typically the national anthem.
“I hope that people of the public will respect the national anthem involving their own decision, hence the promotion with the national anthem features paramount value. To let our following generation understand the background and spirit in the national anthem and observe the manners for your playing plus singing of the national anthem, typically the Education Bureau may update its mastering and teaching assets and issue guidelines to schools via circulars to assist schools in educating students, ” Mrs Lam said.
Typically the Standing Committee of the 12th Domestic People’s Congress passed the Law in the People’s Republic associated with China on Country wide Anthem on September 1, 2017, plus added the Rules to Annex III to the Basic Legislation on November some inside the same season. In accordance with Article 20 with the Basic Rules, the national regulations listed in Annex 3 to the Basic Rules shall be applied locally by using promulgation or even legislation by the particular HKSAR. Having view to the common law system practised in Hong Kong, and also the actual instances in Hong Kong, the HKSAR Authorities decided to put into action the National Anthem Law in the particular HKSAR by local legislation. The National Anthem Bill was introduced into typically the LegCo for Initial Reading and Second Reading in January 2019, and was passed from the LegCo on June four this year.