Lawmakers and NGOs call for longer consultation on archives law and access to information regime

A coalition of lawmakers, activists and civil society groups have said that the ongoing consultation for two reform proposals – an archives law, and an access to information law – should be extended for another two months.

Public consultation on the two proposals began last December and was intended to last three months. However, the arrangement was criticised on Wednesday by lawmakers Charles Mok and Tanya Chan, along with the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), the Archives Action Group (AAG) and the Progressive Lawyers Group.

雨傘、六四、檔案法:歷史真的可被消失嗎?

引言:如果政府檔案從一開始就被刻意銷毀,檔案法會有用嗎?

檔案法的目的是確保公共歷史得以保存,令公眾有據可憑向政府問責,因而訂明公共檔案的開立、管理和公眾查閱等權責,以及破壞、丟失公共檔案的刑責等。本文將簡單探討即使在檔案被銷毀的情況下,檔案法可如何協助還原歷史真相。如想進一步了解檔案法的背景,可閱讀法政匯思另一成員戴穎姿的評台文章「為何香港急切需要《檔案法》」。