Committee on the Rights of the Child from UN sent to Hong Kong last week.

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As I am involved in this area, reality is that a broad consensus of public needs to be addressed. For example the serious problems of extreme school life for children over the family time, the family breakdown of marriage and children right to be with parents and corporal punishment of a child from family members needs to addressed but a human rights committee may not even consider these as violations of a child welfare and right.  Hong Kong government certainly does not consider this a right of a child for protections.

As I am involved in this area, reality is that a broad consensus of public needs to be addressed. For example the serious problems of extreme school life for children over the family time, the family breakdown of marriage and children right.
聯國專員訪港晤學民談公民教育聯合國兒童權利委員會(CRC)上周派出兩名專員訪港3天,觀察及了解本港的兒童貧窮、殘疾及人權問題。專員除了訪天台屋、籠屋等家庭,亦曾與「學民思潮」代表會面,學民成員即場向專員反映公民教育及言論自由的關注,專員們承諾會盡量向港府反映。委員會在下月底邀請特區政府就兒童權利狀况匯報,專員在10月初則會公布觀察報告及建議。兒童權利委員會首訪港

根據《兒童權利公約》定義,「兒童」泛指任何18 歲以下人士,由於中國屬於締約國之一,公約遂同樣適用於香港;而聯合國兒童權利委員會正是負責監察締約國執行公約的組織。兩名專員包括主席Kirsten Sandberg 及專員MariaHerczog,屬首次應本港團體邀請來港視察及家訪。

在上周3 日行程中,兩人曾與超過40 個關注組織會面,涉及貧窮兒童、無證兒童、少數族裔、殘疾或有特別需要人士等範疇,並曾與學民思潮代表會晤。被問及學民及示威青年的看法,專員Herczog 接受訪問時稱,暫未能就政府的手法或個別團體發表意見及建議方案,但指一般而言,全球各地不少地方的青年較為被動,亦無興趣參與任何社會議題。主席Sandberg 則指出,任何國家或地區都應保障青年或兒童發表意見的機會及權利;而公約也確認兒童享有結社自由、和平集會自由的權利。

學民代表周庭表示,當日曾向專員提出公民教育、集會自由等事宜,對方承諾會盡量向港府反映,但委員會始終只屬監察機構,亦不抱樂觀。

訪基層家庭專員泛淚光

兩專員今次來港視察集中兒童的福利及人道問題,並曾往深水埗訪籠屋、天台屋等基層家庭,途中也一度眼泛淚光。Sandberg 表示,留意到不同國家地區無論富庶與否,都有相類的兒童問題,兒童貧窮比率通常也處在15%至20%水平。

專員隨後赴澳門觀察,而本港政府將於下月26 及27 日前往日內瓦參與CRC 的會議,匯報本港的兒童權利狀况,委員會於10 月初發表觀察總結及意見報告。香港兒童權利委員會執行幹事黃惠玉建議,政府應成立「兒童事務委員會」,專責處理兒童權利事宜。

translated by Google:  Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) last week sent two commissioners visiting three days to observe and understand the local child poverty, disability and human rights issues. In addition to the Commissioner’s visit rooftop cage homes family, spoke with the “Learning people thought,” met with representatives of the public members of the school field to the Commissioner that reflect the concerns of civic education and freedom of speech, the Commissioner who promised to try to reflect the Government. The Committee invited the Government end of next month status report on children’s rights, the Commissioner will be announced in early October observations and recommendations.

CRC’s first visit to Hong Kong

According to “CRC” definition “child” refers to any persons under the age of 18, because China is one of the signatories of the Convention then equally applicable to Hong Kong; while the Committee on the Rights of the Child is responsible for monitoring the implementation by States Parties of the Conventions. Two Commissioners and Commissioners, including the Chairman Kirsten Sandberg MariaHerczog, a first group should be invited to come to Hong Kong in Hong Kong inspections and home visits.

In the last week the 3rd trip, they worked with more than 40 interested organizations to meet, involving poor children, undocumented children, minorities, persons with disabilities or special needs and other areas, and has met with representatives of thought and learning China. China Youth Science and demonstrators asked the views of Commissioner Herczog interview, said the government temporarily unable to comment on practices or individual organizations and proposals, but refers in general, young people in many places around the world a more passive, nor have any interest in participating in social issues. Mr Sandberg pointed out that no country or region should protect young person or child the opportunity to comment and rights; ICCPR also confirmed child to freedom of association, the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.

Xuemin court on behalf of weeks, said the Commissioner had made the day of civic education, freedom of assembly, etc., commitment to each other will try to reflect the Government, the Commission has only a supervisory body, nor optimistic.

Commissioner Pan tears grassroots families to visit

Two visits to Hong Kong this time focused Commissioner welfare of children and humanitarian issues, and had to Sham Shui Po visit caged, rooftop and other grass-roots family, the way it was once the verge of tears. Sandberg said noticed different countries regardless of affluence or not, has a similar problem of children, child poverty rate is often in the 15-20% level.

Commissioner then went to Macau observation, while the Hong Kong Government will be launching 26 and 27 to participate in the CRC meeting in Geneva, reporting our children’s rights, the Commission concluded in early October observations and comments published reports. Executive Director of the Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights Huanghui Yu suggested that the Government should set up a “Children’s Commission” to deal exclusively with matters relating to children’s rights.

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