The court of final appeal of Hong Kong has reinstated one complete ban on donning face masks at the public gatherings, thus ruling in support of the use of colonial-age laws by the government.
The move overturns an appeal court’s ruling in April, which discovered that the ban made by Carrie Lam, the chief executive of the city, at the 2019’s protests, was somewhat unconstitutional. It had also declared constitutionality of utilizing colonial-age ordinances for first time in this century.
The decision of restoring the blanket ban in Hong Kong comes as the nation fights a resurgent coronavirus outbreak with rules that include compulsory mask wearing when in public spots.
Amid the pandemic, many accused the government of utilizing the health measure for preventing the acts of any protest.
The ruling of the court of final appeal says that there was one clear societal advantage in this ban when it is weighed against limited extent of encroachment on protected human rights that are question.
The 5 judges appeared to majorly depend on the narrative of the government of 2019 protest move, describing alleged unlawful and violent behavior by the demonstrators, including the unverified and disputed claims as well as determining that something was needed to be done.