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Equality 23 Nov 2009
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2 Source of Equality Rights in Hong Kong Basic Law: e.g. Arts. 25, 26, 39 Bill of Rights Ordinance (1991) International treaties: outlaw discrimination of various kinds against different sections in societies Anti-discrimination legislation in Hong Kong
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3 Anti-discrimination Legislation in Hong Kong Currently three in Hong Kong: Sex Discrimination Ordinance (SDO) Disability Discrimination Ordinance (DDO) Family Status Discrimination Ordinance (FSDO) Racial Discrimination Ordinance (RDO)
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4 Major Engine for Promoting Equal Opportunity in Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Set up in 1996 to implement the three anti- discrimination legislations An advocate for legislating new laws against discrimination on grounds of age, race and sexual orientation
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5 The work of EOC Deals with complaints Aims at reconciliation Lodges complaint at District Court if reconciliation failed Provides all possible legal assistance to complainants Sometimes initiates court actions in own accord, e.g. against secondary schools allocation system Provides public education
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6 What is discrimination? S6, DDO A person discriminates against another person… if- (a) on the ground of that other person's disability he treats him less favourably than he treats or would treat a person without a disability;
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