Date
15 December 2017
Police excesses during the Occupy protests have prompted calls for an independent human rights commission in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters
Police excesses during the Occupy protests have prompted calls for an independent human rights commission in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

Govt urged to establish independent human rights body

Hong Kong should establish an independent human rights commission to ensure that the rights of all citizens are well protected and their grievances resolved, said Chong Yiu-kwong, deputy chairman of independent rights organization Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor.

Chong, who is a lawyer by profession, told Apple Daily that many people who suffered at the hands of the police during the Occupy pro-democracy protests last year have been unable to get justice or their grievances resolved as the police reports filed by them were treated as mere complaints.

It should not be the case that the victims have to use their own financial resources to sue errant police officers, while the latter can use public resources to defend themselves, Chong said.

Although there were several police brutality cases during the occupation period and the victims had taken the matter to authorities, the investigations have been slow, making the victims feel helpless.

It appears that cases involving charges against protesters have been processed much more efficiently, compared to the cases involving complaints against police officers, Chong said.

While the victims still have the right to pursue private prosecution based on laws, the best way will be to establish a human rights commission that is dedicated to rights cases, he said. Such a commission must be independent and having the power to investigate as well as handing down punishment, he said.

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