UN to receive rights report

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 December, 1998, 12:00am

Officials will report to the United Nations on women's rights early next year.

But concern groups have given a lukewarm response to the two-day hearing beginning on February 1 in New York.

The government delegation comprises four to five members of the Home Affairs Bureau and Department of Justice. It will be the first time the Government has attended a UN hearing since the handover.

The report under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was put into the mainland's report for submission in August.

A Home Affairs Bureau spokeswoman said a separate hearing had been scheduled for Hong Kong's report.

She said Beijing officials would not be speaking on behalf of the SAR.

Hong Kong Women's Coalition on Equal Opportunities said no concern groups planned to attend.

'We don't think it's very useful. We are not allowed to speak in the sessions and can only lobby them during lunch time,' said the coalition spokeswoman Tsang Gar-yin.

The coalition's views had been reflected to the UN when a CEDAW committee delegate attended a local conference last month, she said.