Thousands march for abused Indo maid Urge HK gov’t for reforms on domestic worker’s policies
這是上千萬外藉家務工及蒙受污名的香港人的呼喊。職工盟聯同其他外籍家務工團體、民間團體及市民遊行至香港政府合署，要求對受虐的Erwiana Sulistyaningsih 作出公義對待。同時要求改善保障外藉家務工權利的政策措施。
「Erwiana 的個案說明外籍家務工受侵犯的情況，她僱主對待她的情況簡直是奴役一樣。我們是有權利，有尊嚴的工人，而這是應獲香港僱主及政府所尊重及保障的，因為他們決定性地影響我們的生活以及工作環境。」為 Erwiana 爭取公義及捍衛外傭權益委員會發言人 Sringatin 如是說。
「Erwiana 的事件明顯震驚了香港及國際社會。而她這次事件緊隨著只數個月前曝光，另一受虐的 Kartika 的事件。這情況表明了外藉家務工備受侵犯的情況十分普遍。」Sringain 補充。
團體亦在香港警察總部停留及遞交信件要求從速調查 Erwiana 的個案，及檢討香港警察對接受外藉家務工報案求助的處理。
香港政府責無旁貸，「我雖不殺白人，但白人為我而死。」因 Erwiana 所需遭受的對待，實則亦源自於香港政府的政策措施。如強制於僱主家中留宿，新逗留條件；或稱兩星期逗留條件，對中介公司的寛鬆及缺乏監管，以至持續對外藉家務工的社會性排斥。
這次行動只是一系列行動的首發。團體們將持續要求為 Erwiana 爭取公義及改善有關外藉家務工的政策；更會持續傳播委員會的要求及指出外藉家務工需面對的種種問題。
只要香港政府看一看 Erwiana 的照片，只要它記起 Kartika，它就應該看到因它所定的政策所困，備受侵害，卻被看不見及無名無姓的眾多受害者。
“We want justice and we want it now!”
This was the cry of thousands of foreign domestic workers and local Hong Kong people who donned black and marched to the Central Government Office of Hong Kong to demand comprehensive justice for abused maid, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, as well as to call for review and reforms on policy detrimental to the rights of foreign domestic workers (FDWs).
“Erwiana is a picture of abuse. Her condition with her employer was a picture of slavery. We are workers with rights and dignity and must be accorded with such by employers and by the Hong Kong state that dictates the living and working condition of foreign domestic workers,” said Sringatin, spokesperson of the Justice for Erwiana, Justice for All Migrant Domestic Workers Committee.
The committee spearheaded by the Network of Indonesian Migrants (JBMI) and the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body – International Migrant’s Alliance (AMCB-IMA) and counts among its members NGOs and local Hong Kong advocates, led the action that served as the first maor and massive response to Erwiana’s case.
“Hong Kong and the international community were obviously shaken with the news of Erwiana’s plight. Her case, exposed only a few months after the case of Kartika – another abused maid – also hit the news, indicated that abuses in so many forms against FDWs are rampant in Hong Kong,” Sringain remarked.
The protesters also stopped at the headquarters of the HK Police Force and submitted a letter calling for the speedy investigation of Erwiana’s case and a review of the police’s practice in responding to complaints by FDWs.
At the CGO, a submission signed by migrant groups and other organizations that called for the Hong Kong government to take responsibility on the plight of Erwiana was also forwarded.
“The Hong Kong government cannot excuse itself from what happened to Erwiana. They may not be the ones to have held the metal rod that was used to repeatedly hit Erwiana nor were they the ones who punched her in the face, starved her, refused to give her a dayoff, or treated her like a slave. But the policies that put FDWs in a condition vulnerable to abuses and maltreatment emanate from the Hong Kong government,” Sringatin added.
These policies, said Sringatin, include the mandatory live-in employment arrangement, the New Conditions of Stay (NCS) or two-week rule, the lax regulation on policies on and practices of private recruitment agencies, and the perpetuation of the social exclusion of FDWs.
“Through these, FDWs are usually left with the choice between losing our livelihood or putting up with abusive treatment, neither of which should be an option at all. We are workers with rights that are set by international standards with which the Hong Kong government must ensure their policies are aligned with,” urged Sringatin.
Sringatin also said that the action was the first of the major actions that the committee will lead in the pursuit of justice for Erwiana and for reforms to policies on FDWs. The submission that they forwarded, she added, will be continuously circulated to gather more support and further expose the problematic condition FDWs are in.
“Everytime that the Hong Kong government denies there’s a problem with their policies, they should just look at the pictures of Erwiana. They should just remember Kartika and they should think of the thousands more living and working under abusive conditions but are rendered invisible, nameless and voiceless because of the rules that they implement,” Sringatin concluded.