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AI Review on Hong Kong (5)- The Rights of Minority Groups

Posted by Author on July 26, 2007

(excerpt) by Amnesty International, 29th June 2007-

The rights of minority groups

AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Working to prevent and end discrimination against minority groups is a fundamental part of this mission.

The HKSAR currently has three Ordinances which give protection against discrimination on grounds of gender, disability and family status. Two important areas missing in Hong Kong legislation are laws applicable to all which protect against racial discrimination and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.

The HKSAR is party to the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and as such has an obligation to introduce legislation against racial discrimination. Over the past ten years, Amnesty International has repeatedly called upon the government to introduce such legislation, and made specific proposals for the content of that legislation during the consultation process.

Amnesty International welcomed the issuing by the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) of an anti-race discrimination legislation consultation document in 2005 and draft legislation in 2006. However, the organization remains concerned that the draft bill contains several exclusions and in particular does not include protection from discrimination on the basis of their place of origin for new arrivals from elsewhere in China.

The organization is also concerned that practical obstacles may prevent some categories of protected groups from effectively enjoying their right to non-discrimination. For example, foreign domestic workers who make up over 50% of the non-Chinese population in Hong Kong, must leave Hong Kong within 14 days of the termination of their employment contract, making it difficult for them to pursue any claims under an anti-discrimination law. (…… more details from AI report)

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