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Freedom of speech is the meeting point of all human rights. It is intimately linked tofreedom of conscience and belief, inherent to individual dignity, but also to freedom of opinion and information in an open society, “without border considerations”. It is both anindividual and collective freedom.
Freedom of expression for the purposes of this document is synonymous with free speech as they both arethe act and intentions of the sharing of information, beliefs and opinions for the greater good and benefittowards an open society.The notion and understanding of ones right to free speech has been globally and internationallyrecognised by the First Amendment in the United States Constitution, Article 10 of the EuropeanConvention on Human Rights, section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Article 19 of the Indian Constitution and more specifically and in relation to this essay, the Basic Law of Hong Kong.The Basic Law of Hong Kong address the rights of freedom of speech in Article 11 to be afforded to allresidents of Hong Kong with specific details of such rights to freedom to be understood categorically asthat “The freedom of the person of Hong Kong residents shall be inviolable.”Despite the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Hong Kong the actuality andreality of the inherent rights that this convention affords is
awarding thefreedom it guarantees to the very people that deserve and need this protection.The Convention on the Rights of the Child specifies that:
Every child has the right to:
- Free primary education- Access to secondary education and vocational training- An education that develops his or her personality, talents, and mental and physical abilities to theirfullest- An education that prepares him or her for an active adult life in a free society- An education that fosters respect for his or her own family, cultural identity, and language for his or hercountry; and for the natural environment- An education in the spirit of understanding peace, tolerance and equality- Leisure, play and the opportunity to participate in cultural and artistic activities- The opportunity to enjoy his or her culture, profess and practice his or her religion, use his or herlanguage
Every child has the right to
- Freedom of expression- Freedom of thought, conscience and religion- Freedom of association and peaceful assembly- Information from a diversity of sourcesMy question now is, although a child has been afforded these rights is there a person, a forum and a voicethat represents them?For the purposes of supporting my application and the project that I have undertaken on my own I herebyenclose my legal argument which is specific to Hong Kong, S.A.R and in direct response to the recentreport issued by the Legislative Council.