香港移工聯盟為灣仔謀殺案受害者爭取公義

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2014年11月6日

香港移工聯盟 (HK migrant alliance)

為灣仔謀殺案受害者爭取公義

「我們要求徹底及公正調查這宗謀殺案,要求兇手受到法律嚴厲制裁。」

The Asian Migrant Coordinating Body(AMCB)發言人Eni Lestari,就香港灣仔區近日雙重謀殺案發出聲明。

案件受害人,分別是25歲印尼旅客Sumarti Ningsih,及逾期留港的30歲前印傭Seneng Mujasih。Sumarti原本去年11月2日返回雅加達,但被發現身亡。當局在英國銀行家Rurik Jutting的灣仔高級住宅單位,一個行李箱中找到其遺體,當時已嚴重腐爛。另一方面,警方接到Rurik Jutting報案後,亦在同一單位,發現Seneng遺體,身上多處刀傷。Rurik Jutting上週六被警方拘捕,正就恐怖的殺戮行為面臨審訊。

「這宗案件明確顯示香港移民女性勞工遭受的暴力。不論她們的移民身份、工作類型,香港警察及法院都應依照法治,保證審訊公正。」

發言人補充,由於面對經濟困難,很多在香港的印尼女性,都選擇不穩定工作及危險工作環境,以寄錢予在印尼的家人。

「香港及印尼政府,實施剝削的移民勞工政策。比如兩個星期條例及巨額中介費,令部分移工被迫逾期居留,更易受到不法分子或集團的敲詐勒索」

發言人又抨擊印尼政府,無意識為國外印尼工人困境負責,對於灣仔謀殺案默不作聲。「印尼政府看來很不安,只集中調查受害者的背景和工作,卻不調查侵害她國民的罪行。」

「印尼政府和灣仔謀殺案保持距離,名副其實是一個偽君子。她積極將國民賣到海外,從事家庭傭工這些危險工作,但對印尼女性海外賣淫情況視而不見。她靠出口和販運她的勞工賺錢,但當移工面對困難時,他們卻袖手旁觀。」

發言人呼籲香港政府視今次罪案,為對女性勞工的暴力行為。移工領袖亦要求印尼政府支持受害者家人,其中一人(Sumarti)更有一名五歲孩子。不過發言人亦說,為兩名受害女性爭取公義,是長期訴求,兇手得到懲罰後亦不會結束。

「印尼政府出口勞工、無視社會不平等、令大部分人走向貧窮的政策,是更嚴重的罪行。就是這些原因,迫使好像Sumarti和Seneng的人,來到海外從事危險工作,冒上生命。」

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News Release
06 November 2014HK migrant alliance cries justice for Wanchai murder victims

“We want a thorough and impartial investigation of these murders, and we want the perpetrator to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

This was the statement of Eni Lestari, spokesperson of the Asian Migrant Coordinating Body (AMCB), on the double murder case that occurred recently in Wanchai District, Hong Kong. A British banker, Rurik Jutting, was arrested by police last Saturday and is now facing trial for the gruesome killings.

The victims have been identified as Sumarti Ningsih, a 25-year old Indonesian tourist, and Seneng Mujasih, a 30-year old Indonesian former domestic worker who overstayed her visa in Hong Kong. Sumarti was due to fly back to Jakarta on last November 2, but was later found badly decomposed inside a suitcase in Jutting’s posh Wanchai flat. Seneng’s lifeless body, on the other hand, bore multiple stab wounds and was found in the same flat by police after a call from Jutting.

“This is a clear case of violence against migrant working women in Hong Kong, and regardless of their immigration status and type of job here, and local police and the courts are bound by the Rule of Law to ensure impartiality in prosecuting the case,” she said.

She added that out of economic desperation in Indonesia, many Indonesian women in Hong Kong chose to work in precarious occupations and hazardous conditions just to send money to their families back home.

“Exploitative migration policies in Hong Kong and Indonesia, such as the two-week rule and high agency fees, may sometimes trap migrants into overstaying their visas, making them even more vulnerable to blackmail and extortion by unscrupulous individuals and syndicates,” said Lestari.

She also lambasted the Indonesian government for lacking a sense of accountability on the plight of Indonesian workers abroad and for being silent and passive on the Wanchai case, “seemingly embarrassed by the whole thing and is focusing its own investigation on the background and profession of the victims instead of the crime committed against its nationals”.

“The Indonesian government is such a hypocrite for keeping its hands off the Wanchai murders, when in fact it has been actively selling its citizens abroad to work in such dangerous occupations as domestic caregivers and turning a blind eye to the prostitution of Indonesian women overseas. It makes money off the export and trafficking of its workers, and yet they hardly lift a finger when the migrants get into trouble,” Lestari declared.

She called on the Hong Kong government to regard the crime as a case of violence against women workers. The migrant leader also demanded that the Indonesian government provide support to the families of the victims, one of whom (Sumarti) has a 5-year old child. However, she also said that giving justice to the two slain women should be a long-term quest that does not end with punishment of the perpetrator.

“The bigger crime here is the policy of labor-export, coupled with social inequalities at home that remain unaddressed by the Indonesian government and which consigns the majority of Indonesians to grinding poverty. These are the conditions that force people like Sumarti and Seneng to risk life and limb by working overseas in precarious jobs,” Lestari ended.

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