B. “Good goverance & preserving history: why Hong Kong needs an archives law”. Hong Kong Lawyer, 7.2011 by W. Waung



What are public archives?

Archives are the original records of an event at the time it occurred and preserved for posterity. Public archives record birth and citizenship,confirm death and ownership, verify rights and obligations, detail government policies and decisions and serve legal, operational, research and cultural purposes. They are a repository of significant and factual
information that helps us to understand the history and identity of a community, the workings of a government and its publicly funded bodies and enables us to benefit from the past.

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