The news of Elis Kurniasih’s death came as a shock, but not a surprise. It was a shock because it was a tragic, unnecessary loss of life of a woman who was more than a migrant worker; she was a mother of two children, a daughter, a friend, a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own.
It’s been a rather busy week for our team – busier than usual, anyway! If you were keeping track of our Hungry for Change campaign, which calls on the Hong Kong Government to let refugees eat in dignity, you might have seen our urgent action appeal to reach 1000 signatures by noon on Thursday, March 12.
The facts of the Erwiana case make for hard reading: repeated punches and beatings to the head and other parts of her body with items as various as a mop handle, the tube of a vacuum cleaner and coat hangers; deprived of the toilet and forced to wear nappies; stripped, humiliated and made to sleep on the…