Date 2012-02-27
Time 12:30 - 14:00
E-mail pyhtang@ied.edu.hk
Tel 29488944
Venue Room D4-1/F-20, Tai Po Campus

Enquiry

The Centre for Governance and Citizenship (CGC) of The Hong Kong Institute of Education is presenting to you a seminar on "Right to Housing" and "Equal Right to Housing" in Hong Kong by Dr. Betty YUNG, Research Assistant Professor of CGC, on 27th February, 2012 (Monday), 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Room 20, 1/F, Block D4 (Room D4-1/F-20), The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Tai Po Campus), 10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po.


The 'right to housing' incorporates at least five different dimensions, which are all indispensible for the minimum satisfaction of such right, namely, 1) the 'right to adequate housing'; (2) the 'right to affordable housing'; (3) the 'right to enjoy' one's housing without arbitrary interference; (4) freedom from the threat of arbitrary forced eviction (5) the 'right of choice' in relation to: 5a) the decision to rent or home-ownership; 5b) the neighourhood one is to live in accordance with needs, preferences and lifestyle. Though the provision of public rental housing in Hong Kong supports the 'right to housing' of the poorer class, unfortunately, the low-income and non-self-contained private housing tenants are facing a somewhat disturbing situation.   
 
'Equal right to housing' essentially means equal opportunity or non-discrimination in the fulfillment of all dimensions of 'right to housing'. In Hong Kong, for those with economic means, the extent of their 'right to housing' are largely satisfied, however, this may not be the case for those from the lower socio-economic strata. The situation is even more grave and alarming for members of disadvantaged groups from the latter who are thus doubly deprived. In this seminar, we will examine the views on 'equal right to housing' in Hong Kong housing policy from four disadvantaged groups, namely, single-parent families, ethnic minorities, homosexuals and Mainland New Arrivals.
 
For details please refer to the poster attached. For enquiries, please contact Miss Peggy TANG at 2948-8944 or by email at
pyhtang@ied.edu.hk .