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(HKLRC Report)

This 1991 report recommended the elimination of the distinctions drawn by the law between children born to a married couple (legitimate children) and those born to parents who are not married (illegitimate children). In broad terms, the Commission's proposals sought to remove as far as practicable the legal disadvantages which attach to illegitimate children. These disadvantages were to be found in a wide range of laws, including succession, adoption, maintenance, pensions, guardianship, custody, nationality, domicile and registration of births.

The report's recommendations were adopted with the enactment of the Parent and Child Ordinance in March 1993.

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