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EOC Statement on Human Rights Day


In commemorating International Human Rights Day (10 December 2008), which marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nations' adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Mr. Raymond TANG made the following statement :
“Every person has dignity and value. One of the ways that we recognize this fundamental worth is by acknowledging and respecting a person’s rights. Human rights are concerned with equality and fairness. They ensure our freedom to make choices about our life and develop our potential as human beings. They are about living a life free from fear, harassment or discrimination.”
“Human rights are the fundamental liberties and prerogatives that every individual should fully enjoy, regardless of gender, disability, status, race, or other distinctions.”
“In safeguarding individual rights in different aspects of life, there must be effective implementation of human rights laws to eradicate discrimination. The EOC is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in Hong Kong. The Commission works towards the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, pregnancy, disability, family status and race through implementing the relevant anti-discrimination legislation.”
“Education about human rights is just as important as having effective laws to protect the people. Human rights education is an empowering process for those who are marginalized. Long term progress can only be made when people are aware of what human rights are and what relevant standards are.”
Other than investigating and conciliating complaints, the EOC conducts public educational programmes to promote greater understanding of human rights issues related to gender, disability, family status and race.
“Respect for human rights helps build a strong community, based on equality and inclusiveness in which everyone has an opportunity to contribute. Certainly, having others respect our human rights comes with the responsibility that we respect the rights of others.”
“Eliminating discrimination and harassment is a necessary step to ensure an inclusive and equitable society, in which all Hong Kong people can enjoy their rights.”
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9 December 2008
Equal Opportunities Commission