Bad news for Hong Kong maids

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DISCRIMINATORY RULING? Eman Villanueva (left), vice chair of the Filipino Migrant Workers' Union, and another member hold a small protest outside the High Court in Hong Kong. AFP Photo/Laurent Fievet

Hong Kong won an appeal in a case that would have allowed thousands of foreign maids to claim residency in the Chinese city. Hong Kong’s court of appeal on Wednesday, March 28, overturned a landmark ruling that involved a Filipina, Evangeline Banao Vallejos, who was earlier granted the right to request permanent residency status. In its appeal, the government argued that the authorities had discretionary power to decide who was eligible for residency, rejecting arguments that restrictions on maids were unconstitutional and discriminatory. The 3-man court unanimously accepted that argument.

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