Donate to Erwiana directly and protest this weekend!
Erwiana Sulistyaningsih is an Indonesian domestic worker who was allegedly tortured by her Hong Kong employer. She says her passport was illegally retained by Chan Recruitment Agency during her 8 month ordeal. (Images of Erwiana here).
- Daily abuse: Erwiana says she was beaten daily, burned and allowed only 2 meals of plain bread and rice per day. She was allowed to sleep only between 1pm-5pm but not at night. An allergy on her hands and legs was exacerbated by the employer, who covered the wound with clothing when the smell was unbearable. She tried to complain to Chan Recruitment Agency a month into her ordeal – they said she must pay off her debt before they would listen. Another helper who previously worked with the same employer claims she had to beg for her life and was also severely abused.
- Inaction from authorities: No-one has been arrested – the suspects are free to flee. The police cite ‘lack of evidence’ to detain the employer. The agency are still operating while Hong Kong authorities refused a request by HK Helpers Campaign to check upon the employer’s children and ensure their safety.
- Escape: On January 10th, 2014, Erwiana fled home to Java – she was barely able to walk and her body was ‘covered in cuts and burns‘ She returned home with under HK$70 (US$9) and remains in hospital.
- How was this allowed to happen? Amongst many other factors, the abuse of domestic helpers is enabled by the 2-week rule and live-in rule. Read the HK Helpers Campaign comment in the SCMP.
- Media coverage: South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, TIME, AFP, New York Times,
The Justice for Erwiana Committee, together with the Mission For Migrant Workers (MFMW), is in touch with Erwiana. She, and her family, are under pressure from the Indonesian authorities, though she is keen to return to Hong Kong to seek justice. For this, she will need our support. You can donate directly to her via Mission for Migrant Workers below. The MFMW is receiving all donations in the Committee’s behalf.
Click ‘donate’ and enter any amount in HK$. Click ‘pay with credit card’ if you do not have a PayPal account. For other methods of donation, click here and indicate your contribution is ‘for Erwiana’.
You can also attend Sunday’s protest – people from all sections of the Hong Kong community are urged demonstrate and demand justice for all domestic workers. The news wires will also be present so the protest will receive international coverage. It will begin at noon at (MTR Exit B) before moving onto the police headquarters and government headquarters…
Join the protest action, Sunday 19th January. 加入行動！ 2014年1月19日，星期日
Gather at Southorn Playground, Wanchai MTR Station Exit B 於灣仔修頓球場集合, 灣仔地鐵站B出口
12:15pm – 1pm
March to Police Headquarters & Central Government Office 遊行至警察總部及政府總部
1. Investigate Erwiana’s case and prosecute the employer 嚴正調查Erwiana之個案並檢控其前僱主
2. Revoke the agency’s license and punish the agency 嚴懲相關之中介公司，並吊銷其牌照
3. Make live out an option 容許外籍家務工外宿
4. Abolish 2-week rule 廢除「兩星期規定」
5. Regulate working hours 規管工時
Media Contacts 聯絡人：
- Sring Atin (69920878), Eni Lestari (96081475), Dolores Balladares Pelaez (97472986), Eman Villanueva (97585935)
Download a protest placard:
- You can write to the Indonesian and Hong Kong authorities about this case via the Asian Human Rights Commission.
- Click here to sign the Amnesty International petition to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s Indonesian domestic helpers.
Wanchai MTR Exit B playground at noon, Sunday 19th March…
Sunday’s protest is organised by the Justice for Erwiana and All Migrant Domestic Workers Committee. The committee was formed by the Network of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong (JBMI), the Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body (AMCB) and the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) – Hong Kong & Macau Chapter.