Q2 -The People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison performing volunteer service
MR CHAN CHUN-YING (in Cantonese):
Deputy President, Article 7 paragraph 2 of the Garrison Law stipulates: “The Hong Kong Garrison and its members equally enjoy other rights and immunity as prescribed in the laws applied in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”. Will the Government inform this Council: Under this provision, apart from performing the defence functions, do the HK Garrison and its members also enjoy the same rights as those enjoyed by the people and other social organizations in Hong Kong as prescribed in the laws, including opening up barracks to receive members of the public and participating in various charitable activities? Can these activities be regarded as the rights of the HK Garrison?
SECRETARY FOR SECURITY (in Cantonese):
Deputy President, thank you, Mr CHAN. The answer is in the affirmative. Any person in Hong Kong, disregarding his status, is protected by the law of Hong Kong.