16港大講師聯署反對明光社開辦人權課程

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6/10/05

反對教統局批准明光社開展人權課程
 

作為教育學者,我們對教育統籌局贊成明光社針對教師就人權問題開展課程的行為表示遺憾。

 明光社對人權問題的觀點相當偏執。香港的男、女同性戀者以及變性人士在生活的諸多方面均遭受歧視(無論個人生活還是職業的發展)。然而,在明光社看來,被提議的反歧視法案本身居然是違背人權的。憑借怎樣的方式呢?原來,是通過迫使人們改變對這些弱勢群體的態度(事實上,不難想像,即終止人們對待性別弱勢群體的現有方式)。

我們認為明光社對人權法案的態度是危險的。然而現在,這種觀點竟然可能被傳達給即將教育未來公民的教師們,我們對此深感擔憂。今天,明光社竭力維持社會歧視男、女同性戀者、變性人士的特權。那麼誰能想像明天又會發生什麼?也許會進而發展為努力撤除已有的維護婦女和殘障人士權益的法案。因為,將此以往,我們不是都被賦予了選擇性歧視任何人群的權利嗎?

  
Press Release

 As educationalists we have deep misgivings about EMB's award of a contract to the Society of Truth and Light (STL) to run courses for teachers on human rights.

 STL's views on human rights are highly eccentric. Hong Kong's gays, lesbians and transgendered people meet discrimination in all walks of life (personal and professional). Yet for STL the proposed anti-discrimination law would itself infringe human rights. In what way? Well, by forcing people to change their attitudes to these minority groups (and, one supposes, actually to stop treating them the way they do).

We believe STL's view of human rights legislation is dangerous. We are alarmed that this view may be communicated to teachers, in whom we place the education of tomorrow's citizens. Today STL fights to preserve the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians and transgenders. Tomorrow who knows? Maybe it will be a fight to remove existing protection for women and the disabled. For don't we all have the right to discriminate against whomsoever we choose?

Sam Winter
Steve Andrews
Nigel Bruce
Valter Ciocca
Eleanor Cheung Pui Kei  張佩琦
Jeffrey Day
Chris Davison
Greg Fairbrother
Leo Hoye
Kokila Roy Katyal
Mark King
Raymond Lam Y.H. 林偉業
David Watkins
Tara Whitehill
Yulu于璐
Zhao Zhen Zhou 趙振洲

16位香港大學教育學院講師及研究生聯署

16 teachers and postgraduate students at HKU Faculty of Education

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