On October 2019, the Centre for Pro Bono Services partnered with the Table of Two Cities to deliver a Know Your Rights workshop on civil law, for members of Hong Kong’s refugee community.
Our Know Your Rights Workshop series aims to increase access to justice by presenting on pertinent topics in an approachable and easy to understand format, that is engaging as it is relevant and interesting.
We had the privilege of inaugurating the session with an introduction from former leader of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, the Honourable Emily Lau, who shared a bit about her familial background and her strong support for the refugee community and democracy.
This session focused on property and employment law, and kicked off with an introduction to tenant’s rights within Hong Kong. Volunteer Paul participated in several role-playing scenarios in which he made a convincing ‘dodgy landlord’. We also heard from volunteers Aaron and Lillian who took our participants through a case-study example of a standard lease.
Allan lead the workshop on employment law, tailoring the presentation to the limited rights of refugees and asylum seekers. He discussed the implications breaching conditions of stay through illegally working.
The session concluded with food and drinks provided by Table of Two Cities. Table of Two Cities is an organisation which aims to, through the medium of food, convey the stories and perspectives of members of Hong Kong’s refugee community. Check out their facebook page for coverage of the event, including a full live streamed video [1 & 2] of the presentation!