Tackling discrimination against ethnic minorities: The case of post-colonial Hong Kong
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AbstractEthnic and racial minorities living in Asia face widespread racial discrimination. The case of post-colonial Hong Kong is illustrative of racial discrimination encountered by racial groups as well as the effective use of international law in tackling racial discrimination. Wary of business opposition to the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation, the Hong Kong post-colonial government played down the severity of racial discrimination against migrant workers and ethnic minority groups. Social workers, advocates and legal professionals drew upon the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in their campaigns against racial discrimination. As a result of their activism, and pressure from the United Nations, the post-colonial government is set to introduce a law against racial discrimination in the year 2004. The Convention proves to be an impetus to legislation against racial discrimination. Social workers in Asia have an obligation to advance the rights of ethnic minorities in their daily practice. They have an important role to play in ensuring that their governments comply with international human rights standards.
All Author(s) ListTang KL, Lam MC, Ngai SSY
Journal nameIndian Journal of Social Work
Volume Number65
Issue Number3
Pages352 - 372
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesSocial Work

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