Covid-19: Hong Kong health chief says Vaccine Pass still needed; expert calls for 5-day quarantine

Hong Kong’s Covid-19 Vaccine Pass scheme is still “necessary,” the city’s health secretary has said, in response to a call from medical experts to relax requirements for under 60s. In an opinion piece published in Ming Pao on Friday, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan said that making exemptions for any group would be … Read more

Using ‘mystery calls’ to detect discrimination in recruitment in Belgium

A recent change in the law in Belgium lowers the threshold for labor inspectors to use ‘mystery calls’ to test for discrimination in recruitment. Our annual survey of HR trends showed that one in five companies have been faced with an informal or formal discrimination complaint, mainly on the grounds of apparent race or ethnic … Read more

Hong Kong Bar Association ‘deplores’ calls by US Congress members for sanctions on security law judges

The Hong Kong Bar Association has condemned a call by seven US Congress members for sanctions on designated national security judges and prosecutors over Beijing’s alleged attempts to crush opposition in the city. Hong Kong Bar Association Chainman Victor Dawes. Photo: Kelly Ho / HKFP. The Bar Association expressed “grave concerns” over a letter from … Read more

In Pictures: Hong Kong pro-democracy group calls for full democracy ahead of one-man leadership race

Hong Kong should implement one man, one vote, a local pro-democracy group has said during a brief protest hours before unopposed leadership hopeful John Lee was set to secure the city’s top job. A protest staged by the League of Social Democrats on May 8, 2022, ahead of the 2022 Chief Executive Election. Photo: Kyle … Read more

Hong Kong’s public swimming pools to reopen later than announced; health expert calls Covid-19 ‘endemic’

Hong Kong’s public swimming pools will not reopen on Thursday as expected, after the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said that it was conducting filtration and sterilization at the city’s 38 government-owned pools. In a statement issued on Tuesday night, hours after Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that swimming pools would be among the … Read more

Co-founder of defunct Hong Kong media outlet DB Channel denied bail over calls for int’l sanctions, judgment reveals

The co-founder of a now-defunct online media platform charged under the national security law has been denied bail after the prosecution said that the outlet served as a platform to promote “seditious ideologies,” a High Court judgment published on Wednesday revealed. Frankie Fung’s bail application was rejected by Judge of the Court of First Instance … Read more