San Diego International Law Journal


C. Raj Kumar

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Document Type

Lead Article


This Article is intended to make a case for promoting transparency in governance policies from a human rights perspective so as to argue for the development of a human right to good governance in Hong Kong. Secondly, it analyzes the work of the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) in Hong Kong and addresses certain concerns in improving the efficiency of the ICAC. Thirdly, it argues that rights against corruption in Hong Kong should move beyond a law enforcement and public policy issue and attain the status of a human right. Fourthly, this Article examines the growth and development of international human rights law, its impact on Hong Kong, and relates its relevance to the corruption issue. Fifthly, this Article identifies the role of media and the civil society in Hong Kong to play a pivotal role in developing the right to transparency in governance through the right to information. Sixthly, this Article highlights the need for ensuring that the fight against corruption does not result in human rights violations through the work of the criminal justice system. Finally, this Article argues that the Hong Kong experience has demonstrated that corruption can be effectively controlled by a set of measures intended to ensure a certain degree of transparency and accountability in governmental decision-making. These efforts can be significantly enhanced if the mainstreaming of human rights is undertaken with a view to developing rights relating to a corruption-free society in Hong Kong.