Established in April 1995,
the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor is an independent, non-partisan
organisation rooted in the local community. We aim to promote better
human rights protection in Hong Kong, both in terms of law and of
practical life, and to encourage greater human rights awareness through
To advance our education
work, we have recently set up the "Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor
Education Charitable Trust" and are in the process of setting up a
resource and information centre to collect and disseminate basic human
The most remarkable aspect
of our organisation is that except for five full-time staff, most of
our work is carried out by our member-volunteers. Our members are from
many different backgrounds and walks of life. What pulled bring us
together are the same concerns and vision that is that we all want to
do something to safeguard and improve human rights in Hong Kong.
(a) Hong Kong Human Rights
A Hong Kong organisation
comprises of mainly Hong Kong Chinese with mandate on human rights and
the rule of the laws issues in the territory.
(b) Hong Kong Human Rights
Monitor Education Charitable Trust
A human rights charitable
fund in Hong Kong to promote awareness of human rights among the people
of Hong Kong.
(c) Digital Library
The Monitor is developing a
digital library holding human rights treaties and related documents in
(d) Resource and Information
A centre for collecting and
disseminating basic human rights information.
||Mr Kwok Hiu Chung
|1st Deputy Chair
||Mr Chong Yiu Kwong
|2nd Deputy Chair
||Ms Medeleine Mok
||Dr Chan Chi Shing
||Ms Raees Begum Baig
||Mr Law Yuk Kai
|Ms Claudia Yip
Council members: Ernest Yeung, Yau Lut Pong Leo, Dr. Stephen
Ng Kam Cheung, Li Sin Lam, Law Yu Hin Emanuel, Peter Barnes,
Vannie Lau, Law Man Kit, Astor Chan
Paul HARRIS, Andrew BYRNES,
Johannes CHAN, Philip DYKES, S.C., HO Hei
John KAMM, Christine LOH, Charles MOK,
Types of work
1. Advocacy: We monitor the
law, policies and actions of the authorities and campaign on various
issues on human rights and the rule of the law.
2. Briefing: We brief the
press, the United Nations, Hong Kong and foreign governments and
legislature on Hong Kong human rights issues verbally orally or in
3. Research: We do research
on various important topics including the police, prisons, immigration
law, constitutional issues, and freedoms of association, assembly and
4. Education: We publish
human rights materials in Chinese and English (sometimes all and some
in Tagalog) including a newsletter, teach yourself human rights
booklets, human rights materials.
5. Case Work: We handle
cases referred to us by other NGOs which have strong implications for
legal or institutional reforms in certain areas and go beyond the
interest of the individual client, especially on police and immigration
1. Submitted reports to UN
committees responsible for monitoring human rights on the fulfillment
by the United Kingdom and Hong Kong Governments of their obligations
relating to the territory under various international human rights
2. Met with the Chief
Executive and the Governor on various topics relating including to
police interrogation practices and complaint procedures.
3. Participated in LegCo
hearings on various human rights issues including equal opportunities
4. Conducted a review of
Hong Kong's immigration law and practice from a human rights
standpoint; handled immigration cases referred by other NGOs.
5. Campaigned for
improvements to the police complaint system.
6. Campaigned for an
independent inquiry into Lee Shing Tat's case in which the victim died
shortly after claiming to have been beaten up by police officers.
7. Helped the People's
Council on Public Housing Policy and social workers' groups to promote
8. Conducted a review of
Hong Kong's legal aid system and practice.
9. Had articles published in
the English and Chinese language press about the dangers to the rule of
law from the new arrangements for the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.
10. Submitted suggestions to
amend the draft code of practice under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance.
11. Carried out (with Human
Rights Watch) the first independent inspection of Hong Kong's prisons.
12. Investigated individual
cases with possible human rights implications.
13. Delivered public
speeches and organised evening classes on human rights.
14. Published and
distributed booklets & newsletters produced by the Monitor
informing members of various groups of their rights.
Planned Future Activities
1. Forming group to
Monitoring interference from by the SAR Government and/or Central
Chinese authorities on with freedom of expression, and the including
existing and future legislation that may impose threats on threaten
freedom of expression.
2. Preparing the amicus
curiae (Friend of the Court) briefs on important constitutional
3. Monitoring the
self-censorship of in the media and possible threats to on the media.
4. Carrying out research on
existing laws on detention and imprisonment, and press the SAR
government to implement the recommendations raised in of the joint
prison project jointly prepared inspection report by the Monitor and
Human Rights Watch.
5. Continuing to press the
Government to outlaw racial discrimination, including maintaining a
record of cases of racial discrimination to illustrate the need for
action in this fields.
6. Investigating issues on
mental health and its implications on human rights.
7 Updating the homepage from
time to time to make sure members and other interested individuals are
able to keep track of the Monitor's activities and the human rights
situation in Hong Kong.
8. Publishing and
translating various further human rights materials, including booklets
in Chinese on women's rights, on the right of minorities and on freedom
of association, as well as a book on teaching human rights for teachers
and a video about human rights.
9. Developing a human rights
information centre including legislation, government and
non-governmental organisation publications and newspaper clippings.
10. Continuing the police
campaign which includes monitoring demonstrations, visiting autopsy
unit, and pressing for reforming of the ineffective police complaints
mechanism, visiting Health Department to ensure no discrimination and
carrying out research on Police General Order. and of the rules for
detention of suspects, as well as improvement in the quality of
autopsies by Government pathologists.
The Monitor exists on a
limited budget, and the amount of new work which can be taken on is
directly affected by financial limitations. Donations (with no strings attached)
to the Monitor's work are always welcome.
You may donate to the "Hong
Kong Human Rights Monitor" (not tax deductible) or to the "Hong Kong
Human Rights Monitor Education Charitable Trust" (tax deductible for
donations of not less than HK$100 and up to 10% of your assessable
income). Please tell us your contacts for receipts.