AMCB就家務工Eden遭受暴力聲明:爭取公義!終結現代奴役制度!

轉自:亞洲移居人士聯盟(AMCB)

The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB) strongly condemns the violence against Eden, a Filipino migrant domestic worker here in Hong Kong, and demands timely justice for Eden.

亞洲移居人士聯盟(AMCB)強烈譴責發生在一名在港工作的菲律賓移民家務工Eden身上的暴力,並要求各方給予Eden及時的公義。

The AMCB is alarmed at the reports of brutal abuse of yet another migrant domestic worker at the hands of her employer. This news of abuse of migrant workers is however not new to us with the case of Indonesian migrant worker Erwiana still on our minds.

AMCB 對再有一名移民家務工遭受其僱主殘酷虐待的報導感到震驚。然而,此一關於移民家務工遭受虐待的新聞對我們來說並非新事,因為我們仍清晰記得印尼移工Erwiana的案件。

During the 14-months of employment, Eden was never allowed to leave her employer’s home, forced to sleep in her employer’s study room. Her employer, Mrs. Mak, a teacher by profession, forbade Eden from taking her weekly rest day purportedly in the protection against COVID-19. Instead Eden was allowed 2 hours of rest before resuming work.

在她受僱的14個月期間,Eden從未被容許離開其僱主家,更被強迫睡在僱主的書房。她的僱主、任職老師的麥太太據稱以防止感染2019年新型冠狀病毒為由,禁止Eden享有其每星期一次的休息日。相反,Eden在星期日只被容許休息兩小時,然後便要恢復工作。

Eden fled her employer on May 30 after finding the courage to escape and free herself from the brutal abuse from her employer. The employer repeatedly assaulted Eden with a frying pan. Over the length of Eden’s employment, her employer often slapped, kicked and scratched her face, back and legs, and hit her chest so hard that Eden could not breathe. These assaults were made simply because Eden’s ward wouldn’t stop crying or finish his food. Her body bore signs of prolonged abuse as some of the wounds were healing or had healed while others were still raw by the time she was able to escape.

5 月 30 日,Eden鼓起勇氣逃離並擺脫了僱主的殘酷虐待,從她僱主的家逃走。而在此之前,僱主一再以煎鍋襲擊Eden。而在Eden受僱期間,她的僱主經常掌摑、腳踢和抓傷Eden的臉、背部和雙腳,甚至非常用力地擊打Eden的胸膛,導致她無法呼吸。而這些襲擊背後的原因,僅僅是因為Eden照顧的幼兒沒有停止哭泣及吃完他的食物。她的身體上有被長期虐待的跡象,能看到有些傷口正在或經已癒合,而其他傷口在她能夠逃走時仍然流血,並未癒合。

There will be more Eden’s because the HK government policies on migrant workers employment’ leads MDWs in Hong Kong working as modern-day slaves. Policies such as the mandatory live-in policy, no regulation on suitable living conditions and no regulated working hours left Eden and many migrant domestic workers vulnerable for abuse. Already burdensome working conditions that have grown more burdensome in the light of the continuing global pandemic. Many MDWs are now faced with additional workload and longer working hours, and like Eden, are denied their weekly day off “to limit spread of COVID-19”, forcing them to work 7 days a week in their employer’s home. The denial of rest days for MDWs has been supported by various HK government departments and officials.

香港政府針對移民工的僱傭政策,一直在引導在香港的移民家務工像現代奴隸般地工作,因此未來只會有更多與Eden有相同經歷的移工。這些政策包括如強制居住在僱主家中措施,沒有關於合適居住環境及工作時數的標準規定,都讓Eden及許多移民家務工處於非常容易受到侵犯虐待的險境之中。由於持續的全球疫症大流行,原本已非常繁重的工作狀況變得更加繁重,許多移工現正面對加倍的工作量及更長的工時,也跟Eden一樣被以「防止2019年冠狀病毒傳播」為由剝奪每周一天休息日的權利,變相強迫她們每周在僱主家中工作7天。事實上,剝奪休息日權利的做法一直受到不同政府部門及官員的支持。

To stop the violence and abuse, we demand the Hong Kong government to stop the accusations of job hopping. Many MDWs are suffering in silence like Eden did for months as they are scared to leave their jobs and be accused of job hopping and denied a new visa. MDWs are human beings and we deserve the same basic respect and rights of the wider HK community including the right to change our employer if the working conditions are not good.

為了停止暴力和虐待,我們要求香港政府停止「跳工」的指控。 許多移民家務工就如Eden 一樣,在多個月以來一直沉默受苦,因為他們害怕辭退工作後會被指控為「跳工」,並被拒絕新的工作簽證。 移民家務工是人,我們應該得到與香港社會大眾同樣的基本尊重和權利,包括在工作條件不佳時轉換僱主的權利。

We call on the Hong Kong government to move timely to ensure justice for Eden. The government must move fast not just to investigate the accusations of Eden against her employer but further ensure a swift and speedy trial of her employer. The government must also ensure there are no hurdles in her way as she pursues justice. Lastly we call on the government to change its policies of discriminating and putting MDWs in a very vulnerable and unbearable situations.

我們呼籲香港政府及時採取行動,為Eden伸張公義。 政府必須迅速採取行動,不僅要調查Eden對其僱主的控訴,還要進一步確保從速對其僱主進行訴訟。 政府還必須確保在她尋求公義的過程中沒有障礙。 最後,我們呼籲政府改變其歧視和將移民家務工置於非常脆弱和無法忍受的境地之政策。

As Eden is pursuing justice here in Hong Kong, we call on the Philippine consulate in HK to provide all the necessary support to Eden and to her family back in the Philippines. She is unable to work now and cannot send them support to survive. The Philippine government must support Eden and her family as the government’s very own Labor Export Policy is responsible for sending her abroad. Had there been access to meaningful employment back in the Philippines, Eden would not have applied to work overseas to begin with.

由於Eden現正在香港尋求公義,我們呼籲菲律賓駐香港總領事館為Eden及其在菲律賓的家人提供所需要一切支持,因為現時Eden無法工作,於是亦無法給家人提供生活所需的支援。菲律賓政府必須支援Eden及其家人,因為把Eden送往外地的正正是政府自身的勞工輸出政策。如果能在菲律賓找到有實質意義的工作機會,Eden從一開始就不會申請到海外工作。

The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body will not cease in our calls for justice for Eden and all abused migrant domestic workers. We are workers, we are not slaves.

亞洲移居人士聯盟不會停止我們為Eden及所有被侵犯虐待的移民家務工爭取公義的訴求。我們是工人,我們不是奴隸。

Justice for Eden!
End Modern-Day Slavery!

為Eden爭取公義!
終結現代奴役制度!

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