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Hong Kong's Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has made 73
recommendations to the government to reform the city's existing
four anti-discrimination ordinances, namely:
Sex Discrimination Ordinance;
Family Status Discrimination
Race Discrimination Ordinance;
The EOC highlighted 27 issues as higher priority areas for
reform. In summary these are:
Providing stronger and more
comprehensive protection for various vulnerable groups, including
people with disabilities, women, and ethnic minorities.
Recommendations include introducing
express protection for people with disabilities who are accompanied
by assistance animals and women who are breastfeeding, and
expanding the protection against racial discrimination by
association beyond close relatives to also cover friends,
colleagues, and other associates.
Encouraging institutional changes and
addressing systemic inequality.
Recommendations include introducing a
duty to provide reasonable accommodation for people with disability
across multiple domains and the right of women to return to a work
position after maternity leave.
Facilitating more effective
application of the anti-discrimination ordinances.
Recommendations include enhancing the
clarity and consistency of the definition and protection against
direct and indirect discrimination as well as harassment across
various protected characteristics.
Closing the gaps in the existing
protection against discrimination.
Recommendations include providing
protection from racial discrimination in relation to the exercise
of government functions and powers, and providing express
protection from discrimination in voting and standing for elections
for persons with disabilities.
The EOC's 73 recommendations were a product of their
Discrimination Law Review, which included a four-month public
consultation. The aim was to simplify and modernise Hong Kong's
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