Daily Archives: May 13, 2014

OCLP Limited

Stock photo: Hans Mahncke

Stock photo: Hans Mahncke

Yet another judicial review is looming over the Hong Kong Companies Registry’s decision to reject Occupy Central’s application to register a limited company, OCLP Limited (short for: Occupy Central with Love and Peace). Apparently, the application was rejected because Occupy Central may be planning unlawful activities, specifically a sit-in protest on 1 July. Aside from the fact that any possible protest or sit-in has yet to be decided, the more important issue is that no crime has been committed. And even if Occupy Central were to go ahead with their protest, whether or not it will amount to a crime is for the legal system to sort out with the presumption of innocence still prevailing. In other words, I cannot see how the Companies Registry could possibly justify its decision in a judicial review hearing. Yet again, it will fall to the courts to review a political decision which would never have been made in the way that it was made (and would never have ended up in court) if Hong Kong had a democratic government.