The Report on the Establishment of a Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong conducted by the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor for the preparation of the annual meeting of the Asian Pacific Forum (APF) of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to be held in late September 2007 and participate in the upcoming Asian NHRIs re-accreditation process according to the Paris Principles. The Forum is for the advancement of the human rights protection mechanism. We are consulting the public on our report to encourage more discussion on this important issue.

 

The first part of the report is to review the present human rights protection mechanism in Hong Kong. Different ways of mechanisms such as the rule of law and three human rights institution (the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), the Ombudsman, and the Office of the Privacy Commission) etc. are reviewed, and it is concluded that the present mechanism is not effective enough to promote and protect human rights in Hong Kong, so it is necessary to establish a Human Rights Commission (HRC).

 

The second part of the report is the proposal of the functions and powers of the HRC. It also proposes the ways to enhance the effectiveness of the Commission by looking at the various aspects, in particular, the institutional independence and the appointment procedures of commission members.

 

The final part of the report is to propose our preferred framework of the Commission and the short-term alternatives. 3 different frameworks: the multiple-commission model, the single and integrated commission model and the dual-commission (HRC and EOC) model are evaluated and we concluded that the dual-commission model is our preferred one. Short-term alternatives are then provided to serve as a road map to establish the HRC.

 

Before finalizing the report we would like to invite your opinions on it. Please send your written recommendations on the report to the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor by 1 September 2007 through any of the following means:

 

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By fax:                 2802 6012

 

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(Chinese version)

 

為準備本年九月底由National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) 舉行的亞太區論壇,香港人權監察準備了一份有關在香港成立人權委員會的報告

 

報告第一部分檢討了現時香港的保障人權制度。檢討對象包括現時的法治制度及三個法定人權組織 (平等機會委員會、申訴專員公署及私隱專員公署) 等。基於現時的制度並不能有效地宣傳及保障人權,所以我們認為有必要在香港成立人權委員會。

 

第二部分對人權委員會的作用及權力作出建議,同時也機構的獨立性及成員委任等範疇作出建議,令人權委員會可以更有效的運作。

 

最後一部分就人權委員會的架構作出建議。我們研究三種不同的架構模式,並認為兩個人權機構的模式最適合香港。在此部分也同時建議了一些短期的措施。

 

我們歡迎各界人士就報告提出意見。請於二零零七年九月一日或之前把你們的建議透過以下方法發表意見:

 

郵寄:                香港上環孖沙街金德樓4字樓

                            香港人權監察

傳真:                2802 6012

電郵:                contact@hkhrm.org.hk

 

如有任何查詢,請致電 2811 4488 與香港人權監察職員聯絡。

 

香港人權監察