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Children Service – Press Releases      2015/05/27


Statement on a series of incidents originated from an undocumented 12-year-old boy issued with temporary identification paper by the Immigration Department for further investigation

1. According to Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), “ In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” We deeply believe that majority of the Hong Kong public and our Government wish to see a harmonic, tolerant, and caring society, and would not brush aside the rights of the deprived children. We hope the authorities concerned would strictly adhere to the most important notion of the CRC – “The Best Interests of the Child” to handle the case of the undocumented 12-year-old Siu Yau-wai and the related cases.

2. The 12-year-old boy Siu Yau-wai has no choice of his own circumstances. We strongly condemn those who slandered underage people, and infringed the privacy of the boy and his grandmother. The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data should unfold serious investigation.

3. Education is the basic right of every child. We appreciate Confucian Tai Shing Primary School to provide the timely assistance to Siu during his difficult moments. We respect the right of protesters to express their views, but we recognized that all adults under any circumstances shall have the responsibility to protect the children under the age of 18. We could not agree to the use of any means that would upset the normal operation of a school, cause troubles to the school and students, and give pressure to the school, students and parents.

4. We do not want to see child rights advocates would be attacked in whatever ways. We hope people of different views could communicate more with the child rights advocates, and join hands to uphold children’s basic human rights.

5. The incidents reflected that the lack of awareness and understanding on children’s rights in the society. We deeply believe that the establishment of a Children's Commission is the best response and solution to uphold the rights of children. We reiterate our appeal to the Government to set up a Children’s Commission, a motion that was passed twice unanimously by the Legislative Council. In this way, the voice of 1.1 million children under the age of 18 could be heard and their rights be upheld.

The Alliance for Children's Commission is a coalition of NGOs, professional groups, children's groups, and individuals concern for children. The Alliance was formed in 2007 with the aim to advocate for children and put their interests in focus. The Alliance sees the establishment of a Children’s Commission as the most effective means to achieve this. At present, Alliance has 24 agency members and 6 individual members. They included:
Against Child Abuse, Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association, Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service, Caritas Family Crisis Line & Education Centre, Children Counseling Services, Caritas Jockey Club Integrated Service for Young People – Tak Tin, Children Rights Association, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong – Hin Keng Centre, Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service – Hong Kong, Family Value Foundation of Hong Kong Limited, The Hong Kong Childhood Injury Prevention and Research Association, Hong Kong College of Paediatricians, Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights, Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education and Services, Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association, Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children, Kids’ Dream, Playright Children’s Play Association, Save the Children Hong Kong, Society for Community Organization, Suen Mei Speech & Hearing Centre, The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, TREATS, Ms. Chan C.Y. Eliza, Mr. Ken Chan, Dr. Cheung Chiu Hung, Fernando, Dr. Kwok Ka Ki, Dr. Li Ling Hin, Mrs. Priscilla Lui
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