來自印尼移工網絡的我們(Jaringan Buruh Migran Indonesia/JBMI)對香港的政治危機對在
We in the Network of Indonesian Migrant Workers (Jaringan Buruh Migran Indonesia/JBMI) express our concern with the negative effects of the political crisis in Hong Kong to the Indonesian migrant workers. We are all the more angered and we strongly condemn the Indonesian Government’s inaction to the sufferings of our compatriots here in Hong Kong.
Since the early part of June 2019 when the series of mass protests started in Hong Kong, Indonesian migrant workers have been unfairly victimised by the following:
Proliferation of fake news maliciously claiming that an Indonesian domestic worker was arrested and paid HK$3000 a day to take part in the anti-extradition bill protest. To make the matter worst, this fake news was circulated by an Indonesian Consulate staff using her personal facebook account and publicly put the blame against the alleged arrested Indonesian migrant without even verifying the authenticity and source of the said fake news.
Images of Indonesian flag and Islamic symbols were being circulated in online and in the social media causing further confusion, dismay, and conflict among the members of the Indonesian migrant community.
Some bad employers took advantage of the protests and use it to deny their domestic workers their weekly rest day during Sundays. This not only violated the labour rights of the Indonesian migrants, it also prevented them from taking their much needed rest and from taking their time to socialise with friends and relatives.
Last October 1 st , an Indonesian journalist based in Hong Kong was shot and was seriously wounded in the eye while covering the protest action near Wanchai area.
Despite the widespread reports, the Indonesian government has not taken any concrete measure to ensure adequate protection of our rights in this time of crisis. The Indonesian consulate only released regular facebook posts in Indonesian language in their facebook page mostly calling for calm among the Indonesian community in the city. They did not even attempt to investigate the source of the fake news, identify the perpetrator and make them accountable. They did not issue any public statement to Hong Kong’s mainstream media to clarify and officially refute the rumours about on the so-called
paid Indonesian protesters in order to avoid further stigmatisation of the Indonesian in Hong Kong.
The Consulate did not even lift a finger to call on the Hong Kong employers to guarantee the Indonesian migrant workers’ basic right to weekly a rest day. Not even a special hotline created to accommodate such inquiries or complaints. On top of that, the Indonesian government did not even use its diplomatic channel to call on the Hong Kong government to investigate, identify and prosecute the gunman in the case of the Indonesian reporter who was shot while on duty to ensure justice and
adequate compensation to the victim.
Neglect and cover-up have been the attitute of Indonesian government towards its nationals abroad-majority are migrant workers – who are victims of abuse, human trafficking, wrongful imprisonment and with some even ending up in death-row. Most often, the Indonesian government will only take the issues faced by Indonesian migrants seriously when these issues are attracting more international attention. The government ineterested to save its “face” in order to protect its economic and political interests, not really to defend the rights and welfare of its nationals abroad.
Finally, we strongly condemn the repression and tyranny of the Indonesian government towards its people in Indonesia who are currently suffering from natural disasters, smog coming the forest fire caused by transnational corporations’ “activities”, anti-poor people policies and state terrorism.
Clearly, the Indonesian government has choosen to protect the interests of foreign investors over its own people who have suffered the most due to land-grabbing, loss of livelihood and their future.
Meanwhile, activists and human rights defenders who have stood for the people’s interests are subjected to political harassment, vilification, illegal arrests and torture, and killings.
With these, we are calling on the Indonesian government to uphold justice for its people inside and outside the country and to act in their favour over the economic and political interest of the elites’ and big foreign businesses in Indonesia.