RTHK Radio 3
11 January 2016
A lack of consensus should not delay legislating against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a Hong Kong law academic said on Monday.
Kelley Loper, an associate professor and the director of the human rights programme at the Hong Kong University's Faculty of Law, said lack of consensus points to a discrimination by some groups and warned that Hong Kong is way behind other places in anti-discriminatory laws.
Local LGBT groups were left disappointed on New Year's Eve when a government advisory body recommended "further study" of the idea of introducing anti-discrimination legislation.
The long-awaited report came ahead of the Equal Opportunities Commission's (EOC) plan to study the feasibility of legislating against discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation.
Loper said the EOC, which should push the government on this issue, has been weakened over the years. Click here to listen to the radio interview.