Hong Kong Lawyer

October 2017

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FROM THE COUNCIL TABLE 理 事 會 議 題 Children's Commission for Hong Kong In July 2017, the Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights ("HKCCR") released a Paper entitled "Children's Commission for Hong Kong" and a Wish List for Children's Commission in Hong Kong for an indication of support from stakeholders. The above Paper summarises the international minimum standards and overseas experiences on a Children's Commission as follows: • The Commission must at least be legislatively mandated and should be accorded with such powers as are necessary to enable them to discharge their mandate effectively • The Commission's establishment process should be consultative, inclusive and transparent, initiated and supported at the highest levels of the government, the legislature and civil society • The United Nations Committee states that it is the duty of States to make reasonable financial provision for the operation of the Commission • The Commission should ensure that their composition includes pluralistic representation • The Commission must have power to consider individual complaints and petitions and carry out investigations • The Commission should be geographically and physically accessible to all children • The Commission has a key role to play in promoting respect for the views of the children in all matters affecting them as, articulated in article 12 of the Commission on the Rights of the Child ("article 12") • The Commission should devise specially tailored consultation programmes and imaginative communications strategies to ensure full compliance with article 12 • The Commission must have the right to report directly, independently and separately on the state of children's rights to the public and to parliamentary bodies The Wish List on the other hand sets out the following proposed mandates to be given to the Children's Commission: • conducting investigations and providing remedies for child rights violations 香港的兒童事務委員會 香港兒童權利委員會於2017年7月發表了題為《一個 屬於香港的兒童事務委員會》的文件和對香港兒童事 務委員會的願望清單,以示獲得持份者支持。 上述文件概述了兒童事務委員會的國際最低標準和海 外經驗如下: • 兒童事務委員會應至少得到法律授權,亦應得到 相應的權力,使其能有效運作 • 兒童事務委員會應在政府最高層的計劃和支持下 成立,成立過程應具廣泛的諮詢和透明度,以及 行政、立法和公民社會的參與 • 聯合國兒童權利委員會表明,政府有責任為兒童 事務委員會的營運提供合理的財務支持 • 兒童事務委員會應確保其架構和組成的多元代表 性 • 兒童事務委員會都必須有權力處理和調查個別的 申訴和請願 • 兒童事務委員會的地理位置應方便兒童 • 根據兒童權利公約第十二條(「第十二條」),兒童 事務委員會擔當著一個重要的角色,鼓勵在與兒 童相關的議題中尊重兒童的看法 • 兒童事務委員會應為兒童度身訂做一系列有創意 的諮詢和溝通平台以符合第十二條 • 兒童事務委員會必須有權就著兒童權利狀況向公 眾和議會提交直接和獨立的報告 另一方面,願望清單列出了建議兒童事務委員會應獲 得的授權: • 針對兒童權利的侵害進行調查和提供解決方法 • 為香港的兒童成立兒童資料庫和研究所 10 www.hk-lawyer.org •  October 2017

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