LEGISLATORS decided yesterday to hold public hearings into human rights in the territory. They will use them to compile their own human rights report for the Government to submit to the United Nations along with the official report. The report is submitted by Britain as part of its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. At a joint panel meeting yesterday, legislators said open debate on the issue was needed and attacked the Government for not holding such meetings during a one-month consultation on the official report. Although critical of the Government's refusal to allow them to see the final official report, legislators decided not to send their version directly to the UN, but demanded that the Government send it with the official one. But legislators are racing against the clock, because the consultation ends on April 20. Chairman of the home affairs panel, the Reverend Fung Chi-wood, will seek an extension to enable Legco to hear from non-government organisations. The first public hearing could be held at the end of this month at the earliest. Independent legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing warned the Government not to use the request as an excuse to delay its work on the official report, which should have been tabled a year ago. Legislators will write to the British Government and the United Nations protesting that pressure groups were excluded from the drafting process. Human rights groups said yesterday they were pessimistic about the Government including their views in the official report and said they would send their reports direct to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva. 'It is important for legislators to produce their own report to the UN because they are an accountable body even if they present individual views. We have already sent our alternative report to the UN and I know several other coalitions will,' said chairman of the Human Rights Commission Ho Hei-wah. The commission was the only group to meet officials to discuss the report. According to the Home Affairs Branch, no other groups has submitted their views to the Government. The commission's report to the UN, representing 12 bodies, will highlight future problems arising from the change of sovereignty, which it said were scantily addressed by the Government.