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A Life and Death Debate

 I can't remember all the things we did there. eventually the memories will return - if stimulated. we did the following: 1. visited the hong kong legislative council June 26. 1991 when they were debating a resolution to abolish the death penalty. we met martin lee a leader of the pro-democracy party in hong kong. his purpose in moving the resolution was to have china honour its promise to keep the colonial legislative framework intact after the transfer. mr. lee told us that china had about 5000 laws containing death-penalty offences. if his resolution abolishing the death penalty passed and was approved by britain none of these would apply in Hong Kong. The resolution passed that night but wasn't approved by the british government until 1993 (see governor's speech October 5th).


 2. We visited the Canadian War Memorial cemetery where Canadians who died defending Hong Kong against the Japanise invasion in world wr II are buried. 3. Later we visited the High Island prison camp where Canadian soldiers who survived the Japanese invasion were detained as POW's until the war's end. at the time of our visit, High Island was holding "Boat people" from Vietnam who were later sent home.

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