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CPCE holds quiz competition to promote Basic Law (with photos)

The following is issued on behalf of the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education:

     The Secretary for Justice, Mr Rimsky Yuen, SC, said today (April 23) that this year is the 26th anniversary of the promulgation of the Basic Law, which has converted the concept of "one country, two systems" into concrete legal provisions so to implement the fundamental policy of "one country, two systems" through legal means.

     Mr Yuen officiated at the Basic Law Quiz-cum-Prize Presentation Ceremony this afternoon, which was jointly organised by the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education (CPCE), the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) and the Working Group on Local Community under the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee, and co-organised by the Department of Justice.

     Speaking at the ceremony, he said it is evident that the Basic Law has succeeded in maintaining the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong since the resumption of sovereignty 19 years ago. He also said that over the years, many international organisations have highly rated Hong Kong. One of the key reasons is the solid foundation for the rule of law laid down by the Basic Law, including the continuation of the common law system, the provision for Hong Kong's independent judicial power including the power of final adjudication as well as an effective constitutional protection of fundamental human rights, he added.

     He also noted the conduct of a small number of people in the community recently brought about challenges to the rule of law and the Basic Law. He hoped that members of the public can reflect upon the meaning and contents of the rule of law in an objective and balanced manner. He said that under the rule of law, people have both rights and obligations; the rule of law guarantees individual freedom and rights, but at the same time safeguards public interest.

     The CPCE has been promoting the Basic Law to the public, especially among young people, through various channels. The quiz competition covers all chapters of the Basic Law and its development. The CPCE aims to enhance the general public's knowledge of the Basic Law in a more lively and interesting way by adopting the quiz format.

     Divided into Primary School, Secondary School and Open Categories, participants first answered questions about the Basic Law online, or completed question sheets published by the organisers and distributed to schools and community organisations. Those with the highest scores in each category were later selected by ballot to attend the final of the Basic Law Quiz held today. They were then selected from each category on the spot for question sessions to compete for the champion and first and second runner-up prizes.

     To tie in with the quiz competition, four seminars were held in January and February this year to introduce to primary/secondary school teachers and students the development and practice of the Basic Law and how the Basic Law and the Central People's Government relate to Hong Kong.

     The quiz competition received enthusiastic response with over 13 600 participants. The CPCE will continue to work together with HAB to organise activities to promote the core civic values of respect and inclusiveness, responsibility and love, as well as the concept of "Respect the rule of law, Embrace different voices", including the promotion of the Basic Law.

Ends/Saturday, April 23, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:51


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