不要另一個 Kartika!

外籍家務工要尊嚴 家居關係要和諧 共建共融香港


(編按: 圖片是09年時家務工同樣在講家務工要尊嚴, 及爭取訂立國際勞工組織的《家政工人體面勞動公約》時拍下來的)

如果我們不希望再出現另一個 Kartika 的話,我們便要作改變。如果我們真的重視家務工為人的尊






設計這些專門為管制外傭的規條, 將令有關的家庭也無法享有一個互相理解、坦誠溝通,的工作


間予外籍家務工,亦沒有其他選擇,只可居於同一狹窄住所。與此同時,因為在合約終止後, 只
能在香港停留 14 天的限制,迫使外籍家務工忍受各式苛待與冒犯,只為了保住工作。有著現行政


我們呼籲香港政府和立法者應立即改革有關政策,防止有另一個 Kartika 再出現在我們當中。
約 C189)。




1. 應本地人權組織及聯合國消除對婦女歧視委員會建議,馬上檢討新逗留條件或兩星期限制,改

2. 廢除強制同住僱傭安排,讓外籍家務工及其僱主可共同協商、決定居住安排,可以恢復僱主和

3. 撤銷新行的隨意及單純根據申請者無法完成兩年合約的記錄而拒發簽證的政策。這不但沒有考

4. 在道義、經濟及政策上支持推廣互相理解及和諧香港的倡議者,包容並接納所有的少數族裔,

5. 創造一個讓關心少數族裔事務的社區組織能有效參與制訂、推行和監察政策的環境。

Mission for Migrant Workers (MFMW Limited)
Member of the Coalition of Service Providers for Ethnic Minorities

No to another Kartika!

A call for reforms to uphold the dignity of foreign domestic workers, to
promote harmonious relationships in households, and to encourage social
inclusion in Hong Kong
.  Changes have to come if we are to prevent another Kartika. Reforms
have to be made if we shall
truly uphold the dignity of domestic workers as human beings, promote a
harmonious relationship
inside households, and spread the positive message of social inclusion.

Kartika, like many of us, is a woman who only wants what is best for her
loved ones. But the dreams
she had that pushed her to work overseas and make sacrifices have
instead turned into a nightmare
of inhumane treatment, abuses and slavery.

What she suffered from may be extreme and extraordinary. But the fact
that it can happen shows
that the condition of domestic work in Hong Kong is ripe for such kind
of horrors to occur.

Ultimately, this is the question that Hong Kong society must address.

The archives of service providers are full of cases of abuses,
maltreatment, rape and other migrants’
rights violations. On all of these cases, the most common contributing
factors for their occurrence
are the policies in place that create the condition for the
victimization of foreign domestic workers,
promote an uncaring and unhealthy environment inside households, and
inculcate a consciousness
of exclusion.

Foremost of these policies are the mandatory live-in employment
arrangement and the New
Conditions of Stay or Two-Week Rule. Recently, the Immigration
Department has also announced
their new process of denying visas for those they deem are using the
system of employment
termination to allegedly “job-hop”.

While these regulations are primarily directed towards FDWs, households
also get deprived of a
living and working relationship that enables mutual understanding, open
communications and, in
the end, will be mutually beneficial.

Furthermore, these policies are made without compelling and concrete
bases, are illogical when
measured against the professed reasons given for their enactment and
implementation, and are
arbitrarily made without prior and sufficient consultations with all
stakeholders that also include
well-meaning employers, service providers for ethnic minorities and most
especially, the foreign
domestic workers themselves.

The mandatory live-in arrangement ties up FDWs to a 24-hour on call work
and also puts

employers without much choice in the arrangement inside the household
even if they want to give
decent and private sleeping quarters to their FDW. Meanwhile, the
prospect of staying only for 14
days if the contract is terminated oftentimes forces FDWs to endure
abuses just so they can hold on
to a job. With such restrictive policies in place, how can the
government even think that FDWs will
still “job-hop”?

The denial of visa for suspected “job-hoppers” would further restrict
the condition of FDWs and
further force them to stay inside abusive and inhumane living and
working conditions.

The policies above are restrictive and punitive. But they are not
preventive of the real excesses that
happen on the ground nor do they adhere to positive ideals and values
that should be promoted to
the public.

We call on to the Hong Kong authorities and policymakers to make the
needed and urgent reforms
that will mitigate the possibility of another Kartika in our midst.

These reforms must be on the framework of upholding the dignity of
domestic workers. There are
hosts of principles expressed in various instruments that the
international community has fixed as
standards of human, workers, migrants and women’s rights including the
most recent Convention
on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (Convention No. 189) of the
International labour
Organization (ILO).

These changes must be made with the intent of promoting a harmonious and
healthy relationship
inside households. Conditions must be set to develop a working or living
environment that
enhances potentials and celebrates the humanity of all parties.

These reforms must be inclusive and recognizing of the fact that Hong
Kong can only be a better
community if it does not discriminate, appreciative of the contributions
of all sectors of the society,
and protective of those who are most at risk to human rights violations.

Concretely, we recommend for the Hong Kong government and relevant
bodies to:

1. Immediately review the New Conditions of Stay or Two-Week Rule as
recommended by
local human rights organizations in Hong Kong and even by the Committee
for the
Elimination of Discrimination against Women of the United Nations.
Reform or repeal
clauses that are discriminatory and promote conditions for abuses and

2. Repeal the mandatory live-in employment arrangement and instead leave
the living
arrangements on the mutual decision of FDWs and their employer. The
former practice of
a letter of agreement between employers and FDWs can be revived.
Additionally, the
Immigration Department should work with all stakeholders to better
define with
“reasonable accommodation” entails.

3. Rescind the new policy of denying visa to applicants based solely and
arbitrarily on
records of incompletion of employment of the two-year contract. This
does not take into
account the particular conditions that result to termination of
contracts and unjustly
penalizes both FDWs and employers without due process.

4. Provide further moral, financial and structural support to
initiatives that promote
understanding and harmony in Hong Kong, and the inclusion of all ethnic
minorities in all
aspects of the Hong Kong society.

5. Create a more enabling environment for the effective participation of
organizations concerned with ethnic minority affairs on policy making,
and monitoring.

Mission for Migrant Workers (MFMW Limited)
Member of the Coalition of Service Providers for Ethnic Minorities



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