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Equal Opportunities Commission

Pupils in school for deaf allege abuse by teachers

Stella Chan is one of those involved in the cases. Photo: Sam Tsang

Students have complained to the Equal Opportunities Commission about discrimination and bullying they say they faced from teachers in a school for the deaf in Diamond Hill.

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 4:12am

EOC, consulate back Filipino fans over race abuse at Hong Kong soccer match

Mark Sutcliffe. Photo: Felix Wong

Outraged Filipino soccer fans subjected to racial abuse from Hong Kong supporters were backed by the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Philippines consulate yesterday.

A section of supporters yelled at Philippine fans that they were "all just slaves" during an international friendly at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night.

6 Jun 2013 - 7:40am 8 comments

South Asian students thwarted by lack of Chinese-language skills

Equal opportunities campaigner Fermi Wong is flanked by students Igra Khan (far left) and Thas Mohamed. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Local primary students have no problem reading and writing the Chinese characters for common words such as “mushroom”, “pumpkin” or even “universal suffrage”. Not so for Pakistani girl Igra Khan, who is in Form Three.

6 May 2013 - 10:51am 1 comment

Transgender patient 'humiliated' by nurse

Angel, who is in her 20s, says a nurse at the Prince of Wales Hospital deliberately exposed her gender identity disorder. Photo: Dickson Lee

A transgender person awaiting surgery to become a woman has complained to the equality watchdog about a nurse who insisted on loudly calling her "Mr".

Angel, who dresses and regards herself as a woman, says the nurse's loud use of the male honorific had drawn attention to her gender identity disorder and made her feel humiliated.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:44am 1 comment

Give York Chow a fair chance

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok. Photo: Felix Wong

Three years ago, when Lam Woon-kwong was appointed the head of the Equal Opportunities Commission, he was criticised for his close links to the government and his lack of some sort of human rights credentials. Now that he has concluded his tenure at one of the most controversial positions in local politics, it's fair to say that those criticisms were unfair, to say the least.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am

We cannot afford to spurn economic dividend from inclusive education

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok. Photo: Felix Wong

The appointment of a retired government stalwart as Equal Opportunities Commissioner raised a few eyebrows. Former health minister Dr York Chow Yat-ngok did not endear himself initially to those concerned about a conflict of interest by following the government line against a consultation on legal protection for sexual minorities.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am 2 comments

Equality chief says UN rules for free elections must be met

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok. Photo: Felix Wong

The new chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission believes Hong Kong will have to meet international standards for democratic elections as well as the Basic Law when universal suffrage is introduced.

2 Apr 2013 - 4:36am 4 comments

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

Hiring people with disabilities is less daunting than we think

York Chow Yat-ngok, the new chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, has a wealth of experience serving voluntary organisations that promote disability rights. Photo: Felix Wong

York Chow Yat-ngok's appointment as the new head of the Equal Opportunities Commission should be a positive step for people with disabilities since he has a wealth of experience serving voluntary organisations that promote their rights. 

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am

EOC looks to combining equal rights laws

Lam Woon-kwong

The Equal Opportunities Commission will complete by this year the drafting of a consultation document to review the four anti-discrimination laws, so that a public consultation into the matter can be launched next year.

22 Mar 2013 - 5:44am 3 comments

Dr York Chow: My faith won't hurt gay rights in Hong Kong

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok

Chow was responding to his critics for the first time since his appointment was announced on Tuesday. Many fear his religious beliefs will hold back the commission's work on advancing gay rights in Hong Kong.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:03am

York Chow confident of success in his Equal Opportunities Commission role

Doctor's cure for society's ills

It took the whole city by surprise when the government announced on Tuesday that former Secretary for Health and Welfare Dr York Chow Yat-ngok would head the Equal Opportunities Commission from April.

11 Mar 2013 - 5:18am

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

Half of students in Hong Kong 'sexually harassed', survey reveals

Half the Hong Kong students in a recent survey said they have been sexually harassed, the Equal Opportunities Commission reported yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

Half the Hong Kong students in a recent survey said they have been sexually harassed, the Equal Opportunities Commission reported yesterday, criticising the anti-harassment law as a "paper tiger" because it's seldom wielded.

6 Mar 2013 - 8:53am 6 comments

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