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Forfeiture Mechanism

To maintain the integrity of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region honours and awards system, if an award recipient’s actions raise the question of whether he/she should be allowed to continue to hold the honour(s), such as conviction of an offence resulting in imprisonment for one year or more, whether suspended or not, or he/she has behaved in a manner which has brought serious disrepute to the honours and awards system, etc., forfeiture of his/her honour(s) will be considered. Director of Protocol will process cases that have come to his/her knowledge for invoking the forfeiture mechanism. Each forfeiture case is to be approved personally by the Chief Executive. The forfeiture will be notified in the gazette with the name removed from the Honours List and medal(s)/certificate(s) to be retrieved.