Anti-discrimination Law

Policeman's suspicious death brought change in attitudes, but discrimination against gays persists

John MacLennan

Before Inspector John MacLennan was found with five gunshots to the chest in 1980, he knew he was about to be interviewed by the Special Investigations Unit - a specialist police unit charged with investigating homosexuals.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 8:18am

Dr York Chow pledges to protect gay rights

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, new chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Photo: Dickson Lee

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, the new chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, has promised to make legislation to protect gay rights a top priority during his three-year term.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Equal opportunities watchdog may have lost its bite

Critics fear Dr York Chow will be more conservative.

The controversial appoint-ment of former health chief Dr York Chow Yat-ngok to head an anti-discrimination watchdog has drawn much criticism, something the statutory body has seen plenty of in its 17-year history.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am

EOC's new chief York Chow must prove he's a watchdog

The former health secretary, York Chow Yat-ngok, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Photo: Felix Wong

Filling the shoes left behind by a good predecessor is not easy. The challenge is even bigger when it is a sensitive job closely monitored by the public. Former health chief Dr York Chow Yat-ngok must have felt the heat in succeeding Lam Woon-kwong as head of the city's Equal Opportunities Commission. 

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

China Digest, February 8, 2013

The former party secretary of Chaohu's civil affairs bureau was sentenced to 10½ years in jail for embezzling 100,000 yuan (HK$124,400) from village coffers in 2005, when he was party chief of Zhonghan town. 

8 Feb 2013 - 4:43am

Letters to the Editor, February 4, 2013

Toyota Prius hybrid taxis could help reduce smog. Photo: AFP

The HK$10 billion announced in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address to "remove tens of thousands of the dirtiest vehicles from the streets" will be wasted. This measure probably came about thanks to lobbying by vested interests from the motor trade.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am 3 comments

EOC chief has failed in his duty to champion gay rights

EOC chairman and Exco convenor Lam Woon-kwong. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The recent public conduct of Equal Opportunities Commission chairman and Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong reminds me of the bat in Aesop's fable, The Bat, The Birds and The Beasts.

25 Jan 2013 - 2:43am