Saturday, April 23, 2011

Human rights in Hong Kong

In general, Hong Kong is perceived to enjoy a high level of civil liberties.  The Hong Kong government generally respect the human rights of the citizens, although core issues remain.  There are concerns over the freedom of assembly which is restricted by the Public Order Ordinance. The police has been occasionally accused of using heavy-handed tactics towards protestors  and questions are asked towards the extensive powers of the police. As to the right of privacy, covert surveillance remains the major concern. There is a lack of protection for homosexuals due to the absence of a sexual orientation discrimination law. There are also comments regarding a lack of protection for labour rights.

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