Concerns about the city's new anti-racial-discrimination law have been aired at a UN hearing in Geneva. Proposed exemptions in the minimum-wage legislation, indirect discrimination and exemptions to the anti-racial-discrimination law came under attack as the government faced questions from the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. According to Hong Kong's NGO delegates, representatives from different countries raised doubts about the Race Discrimination Ordinance, which was enacted last month. The hearing saw committee members raise many concerns about the government's stance on racial equality, delegates representing 14 NGOs said. Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, from Greece, said the ordinance gave a poor definition of indirect discrimination. Mr Sicilianos also asked the Hong Kong government why foreign domestic workers were excluded from the minimum-wage law. Another member, Britain's Patrick Thornberry, said the race law had too many exemptions and a limited scope. The city's top delegate, Deputy Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Arthur Ho Kin-wah, told the panel yesterday that the government was fully committed to promoting racial equality. 'The ordinance binds all departments of the government, including law-enforcement agencies,' he said. He also said foreign domestic helpers enjoyed the same statutory rights and benefits as local workers, according to a government press release. The committee will continue hearing delegates tomorrow and the panel will publish its conclusion at the end of the month.