Straight Talk: What’s the Deal Regarding the Right of Abode?

Panel Forum on 12 February 2012, 2-5 p.m.
At The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Is it true that all foreign domestic workers are now eligible to gain the right of abode immediately? And that all their family members from their home countries will also be able to come to Hong Kong?
Many questions may remain in the minds of the Hong Kong public, since last autumn. In October 2011, the Hong Kong judiciary ruled that exclusion of foreign domestic workers from eligibility to apply for the right of abode like other migrant (‘expatriate’) workers violated the Basic Law. Nonetheless, political parties and some public figures openly expressed opposition based on exaggerated figures as well as outright untruths.
This panel forum has been organized in order to dispel some possible misunderstandings that have been floating in the media, and also allow some of Hong Kong’s civil society to express how the court ruling is a step forward for equality and human rights in Hong Kong. If you want to know more about this case and how to think about it, please attend!
Co-organizers: Centre for Social Policy Studies, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions; Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese (HKJP); Open Door; Civil Human Rights Front
Date: 12 February 2012 (Sunday)
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Venue: Room BC 201, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon
Panel Facilitator: Fernando Cheung, Centre for Social Policy Studies, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Speakers on the Panel:
Mark Daly, Partner, Barnes & Daly. Mark Daly is the solicitor for the three recent judicial review cases regarding the right of foreign domestic workers to apply for the right of abode.
W.K. Lam, Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission
Law Yuk-Kai, Director of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor
Doris Lee, Representative of Open Door
Other speakers tbd


For more information, contact: Fish Ip 6126-0964 or HKJP 2560-3865