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    21 JUN 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Civic Development

    Issue

    • Watchdog urged to regulate the charities

    News Content

    • The Reform Commission proposed to form a new Charity Commission, which would process and grant licenses for organizations that raise money and enjoy tax exemption. The watchdog also has the power to de-register charities and change their trustees or directors.
    • According to the proposal, the charities would have to register with the watchdog and file annual reports with details of their main activities and accounting accords that the public could see. The new Charity Commission would be able to appoint additional trustees or directors and remove those it deemed guilty of misconduct or mismanagement.
    • The public will also be asked whether human rights group should be recognized as charities.
    • Christine Fan Meng-sang, chief executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Services, supported the proposal.

    Questions

    • The Society for Community Organization likened the proposed regulations to the national security law, required under Article 23 of the Basic Law.
    • The new Charity Commission, under the proposal, is given too much power. It has the power to de-register the offending charities and appoint or remove trustees or directors. As it is the common for the SAR government to appoint, instead of, allowing public to involve the selection process, the commission member, it is not sure if the commission will act on public interest, not just in the service of authoritarian regime.
    • Besides, it is bizarre to ask the public whether human rights group should be recognized as charities. Charities, as we know, are set up to serve the public good. Human rights advocacy is definitely part of the public good. The Law Reform Commission seems to suggest human right group should be not deemed as such.