The Shield of Justice

Supporting children’s rights

Join our group of legal professionals and other sponsors in raising awareness of children’s rights issues.  We’re hosting a series of mixed-gender field hockey events that everyone can watch!

Raising funds for

The Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights

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Come watch the matches!

In order to maintain safety, we strongly encourage everyone attending the game to take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before the match, and have photographic proof of the negative RAT result. All players have undergone screening less than 24 hours before the event takes place.

Why children’s rights are important

Children in their developmental age are hit hardest by adversity. We have witnessed the harm done to children in the face of many current issues, such as the Covid-19 outbreak and the social unrest. Our community should understand and support children’s rights by LISTENING to children, STANDING UP for their rights and needs, DEFENDING when their rights are being violated, and THINKING AND PLANNING with children’s perspectives in mind.

Children are invisible in our policy making process in Hong Kong. Their voice has been largely ignored in all public consultations even when the policies are closely related to them. Children are non-voters, which makes their voice even weaker. As a result, many important child-related issues remained stalled:

  • Corporal punishment is still commonly practiced at home.
  • There is no legislation to clearly outlaw child neglect and psychological abuse.
  • Reporting system of suspected child abuse has not been made mandatory.
  • There is no child fatality or serious injury inquiry system for unnatural deaths and serious injury.
  • There is no legislation protecting children from trafficking for forced marriage.
  • The best interests of children in care and protection proceedings are not properly investigated or treated as paramount.
  • The minimum age of criminal responsibility is only 10, contrary to international standards and far lower than many jurisdictions around us.
  • The juvenile justice system has not been reviewed for a very long time.
  • Lack of play space, and lack of age appropriate and accessible playgrounds for children in our city.
  • Lack of appropriate channels for children to speak up their mind.
The Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights (HKCCR) was formed in 1992 and established as an independent agency with charitable status in 1995.  They are concerned about the needs of children and their rights to survival, protection, development, and participation – the four main areas advocated by the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC).

HKCCR urges the HKSAR Government to strengthen the Commission on Children as a statutory body and draw reference from the international minimum standards and experiences of the 79 countries and over 200 jurisdictions that have set up independent human rights institutions for children in the redesign of the Commission on Children in Hong Kong. A statutory Commission on Children needs to be independent with its own office, staff team, budget allocated, developed child friendly channels to communicate and hear the voice of children clearly and represent them whenever necessary. The Commission should also have the power to consider individual complaints and carry out investigations, and have a duty to seek to ensure that children have effective remedies for any breaches of their rights. In this way, the best interests of 1.1 million children under the age of 18 in Hong Kong could really be well safeguarded.

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For enquiries about sponsorship and donations, please email Azan MarwahJerome McDonagh, Marco Raccuia
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