VI. Race Discrimination
Under the Race Discrimination Ordinance (“RDO”) , it is unlawful to discriminate, harass and vilify a person on the ground of his/her race. With the RDO in place, people of different races can live and work as one community. The RDO offers protection in several areas including the following:
- provision of goods, facilities or services;
- disposal or management of premises;
- eligibility to vote for and to stand for election to public bodies, etc;
- offering of a pupillage or tenancy in a barrister’s chambers;
- participation in clubs.
The RDO provides the following exceptions under which the decisions made because of, or having an impact on, race would not be unlawful:
- genuine occupational qualification ( RDO section 11 );
- employment intended to provide training for skills to be used outside Hong Kong ( RDO section 12 );
- employment of persons with special skills, knowledge or experience ( RDO section 13 );
- existing local and overseas employment terms ( RDO section 14 );
- cemetery, crematorium or columbarium;
- special measures.