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Such police tactics frequently resulted in clashes between rights conscious demonstrators and the police.

The police have apparently taken the view that when the "dignity" of an internationally protected person is at stake when they are confronted by demonstrators and their role is to ensure that the person will not be offended by seeing or hearing demonstrators.

In spite of the fact that the appointment system in the District Board has been abolished by the colonial government in 1994, the Government is now trying to rush through a District Council Bill to provide for a statutory basis for the appointment before mid February 1999.

Although all the incumbents of the District Boards have been re-appointed to the Provisional District Boards set up to replace the District Boards, indicating a limited respect for the will of the voters who had elected them.

The re-introduction of the appointment system represents a step of regression instead of progress as promised by the Chief Executive and the Central Government. Tung Chee Hwa's Government has repeatedly attacked the limited democracy at various levels making Tung apparently an enemy of democracy.

GENERAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH HUMAN RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED The regression in human rights protection mostly took the form of the rolling back of civil rights laws, or the introduction of new laws restricting rights.

Submission by Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor in respect of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's Initial Report on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under Article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women PREFACE Since the handover, there has been a regression in human rights protection in Hong Kong.

Constitutional and legal framework important to the protection of women's rights and other human rights have been eroded.

Distorting the representation of the elected members by the appointment system is a way to defeat the will expressed by the electorate in the elections.

This is a breach to people's right to participate in public life through their elected representatives, a right guaranteed under Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Similarly, the new Public Order Ordinance was amended by the incoming administration to include "national security" as a ground to prohibit public gatherings.

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