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DEMOCRACY CHARTER

In this 21st century world, there is a trend towards global consensus that requires governments and legislatures to be elected on the basis of universal suffrage. The principle of democracy is political equality, which is to be achieved by citizen participation through fair and open institutions. Democracy is a common asset of modern civilisation, the product of a long and difficult struggle in the history of humankind. We subscribe whole-heartedly this idea, and hope that a democratic system will soon be introduced to Hong Kong.

It is our view that Hong Kong is now ready for democracy. The Basic Law has solemnly promised that the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council will ultimately be elected by universal suffrage. Ironically, if one compares this with the reality of Hong Kong, one cannot help but find the current political situation absurd.

Today, the all-powerful Chief Executive is selected by a small-circle 800-member electoral college. Half (i.e. 30) of the seats in our legislature are returned by functional constituency elections, which are open only to the privileged voters whose number is no more than a fraction of the population.

Hong Kong belongs to all seven million citizens; it does not belong to 800 people. Hong Kong belongs to you and me; it is not an elite society reserved for the rich and the powerful.

We believe that only with political equality can each and every one of us fully develop our potential; we believe that only under the principle of democracy will justice flourish in our society.

We have a dream:
From billionaires to frontline workers, from high ranking officials to ordinary people, from grandparents to teenagers, we can all live in the same community with equal dignity, with our contributions to society equally acknowledged. All of us can cast the ballot papers in our hands and determine our common future democratically.

We have a dream:
In the past, Hong Kong was described as “borrowed time, borrowed place”. From now on, there is no need to lament, no fatalism, no reason to look on indifferently, or be cynical. We will all walk in unison, hand in hand, shouldering the burdens of Hong Kong together with our broad-mindedness, facing our common challenges with determination, and taking Hong Kong from strength to strength.

We have a dream:
That even when Hong Kong people have suffered a lot of adversity after the financial crisis and in face of setbacks and despondency, we are still committed to, and have not given up on democracy;

The Democracy Charter is not an organization, on its signatories, it imposes nothing other than moral restraint; what it indicates is only our common wish for a freer, more democratic, politically more equal and altogether better Hong Kong.

Just like civil movements elsewhere in the world, we believe that democracy is not a pastime for the elite, but is rather a faith to be realized by everyone in daily living. Through this Charter, we hope to express our desire for democracy to all sectors in society, elicit constructive dialogue, as well as generate similar concern and resonance in people around us.

As a signatory to this Charter, I pledge that:
.As from today, I will try my best to treat others with equality, respect, and tolerance, whether it is towards my family, friends, colleagues, fellow students, or indeed anyone around me without regard to status, wealth, age, or ability;
.In every aspect of my life, such as in the family, the classroom, the work unit, and other life circles, I will actively participate to realize democracy so as to create, for our future generations, a free and democratic society which is worth their settling in and which they can be proud of ; and
.I support that the Chief Executive and the legislature should be elected by universal suffrage as soon as possible.

Please kindly fill in the form below and send it to “Hong Kong Democratic Development Network”, M/F, Wing Tak Mansion, 15 Canal Road West, Caseway Bay, Hong Kong, or fax it to “Hong Kong Democratic Development Network” at 2838 5836. We will post a nicely printed copy of the Democracy Charter to our signatories, for their own reference and future publicity. Thank you.

 


Please sign the Democracy Charter!

Three ways to sign:
Please kindly fill in the form below and click "Submit to DDN!" button.
Send it to “Hong Kong Democratic Development Network”, M/F, Wing Tak Mansion, 15 Canal Road West, Caseway Bay, Hong Kong
Fax it to “Hong Kong Democratic Development Network” at 27702209

We will post a nicely printed copy of the Democracy Charter to our signatories,
for their own reference and future publicity. Thank you.

I would like to be the signatory of Democracy Charter
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