Department of Asian and Policy Studies (APS) and Justice Centre co-hosted the “Academic Workshop: Confronting Inequality and Social Exclusion in Hong Kong” from 9 November to 11 November.
With the support from Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning, the workshop seeks to draw from international expertise and invigorate regional dialogue to create mutually beneficial discussions on policy-making and advocacy to manage inequality in Hong Kong.
The panel discussions covered:
- Poverty and housing in Hong Kong
- Business, human rights and equality in Hong Kong
- Equality, civic participation and the protection of the freedom of expression and assembly in Hong Kong
- The complexity of migration, the protection for and enjoyment of human rights by migrants including refugees and their children
- The right to education for non-Chinese speaking and ethnic minority students in Hong Kong
It is a great pleasure to have United Nations and international human right experts, including:
- Ms Leilani Farha (Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context)
- Dr Surya Deva (Member, United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights)
- Ms Pia Oberoi (Senior Advisor on Migration and Human Rights for the Asia Pacific region, based in the Bangkok office of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right (OHCHR))
- Dr Jason Pobjoy (Barrister at Blackstone Chambers, Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford)
- Dr Fernand de Varennes (Special Rapporteur on minority issues)
On the opening ceremony, Ms Piya Muqit, the Executive Director of the Justice Centre Hong Kong, Professor John Lee Chi-kin, Vice President (Academic) and Provoke of the Education University of Hong Kong and Professor Darryl S.L. Jarvis, the Head of the Department of Asian and Policy Studies of the Education University of Hong Kong delivered inspiring opening speeches.
Some featured sessions are highlighted as follows: