Rape against Indonesian worker: Malaysia to be reported to UN

Tuesday, 02 October, 2007 | 12:37 WIB TEMPO Interactive , Jakarta: Migrant Care, a non-governmental organization (NGO) for migrant workers, will report the Malaysian government to the United Nations Human Rights Board. The report was related to the rape suffered by an Indonesian worker, EW, by a group of the Malaysian People’s Volunteeer Union (Rela) members.

“We will report this to the UN Human Rights Council as soon as possible. So far there isn’t any action from the Indonesian government,” the Migrant Care policy’s analyst, Wahyu Susilo told Tempo yesterday (1/10).

In addition, said Wahyu, the Rela members will be reported to the UN special envoy for migrants’ human rights. A similar measure can be made directly by EW. “The party that should file the lawsuit is the Indonesian government. This is because the rape perpetrators are members of Rela, which was officially established by Malaysian government.”

According to the National Police HQ Senior Liaison Officer at the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur Setyo Wasisto, a member of the low-rank Malaysian Police (PDRM) was the mastermind of the brutal action that involved 12 people. The police have also assaulted Mujib, EW’s husband, and robbed the victim of his belongings and passport. “The perpetrator has been arrested along with nine other persons,” he said.

On September 7, Mujib and EW were approached by two uniformed men introducing themselves as Selangor police officers. Reasoning that EW did not have a work permit, EW was then brought to Muar–150 kilometers from Selangor.

EW was then brought to Hotel R in Muar, and under a gun, she was raped by several persons. On September 8, EW was brought out of the hotel and sold to two Malayans for 400 Ringgit. .” She was raped again by the two persons,” said Setyo.

Currently EW is under the protection of the Indonesian Consulate General in Johor Baru. According to Setyo, EW’s psychological condition is very frail. “Moreover now EW is two and a half months pregnant.”

The RI Consulate in Johor, according to Setyo, will charge the perpetrators according to criminal or civil claim.

NININ DAMAYANTI


Migrant CARE
Perhimpunan Indonesia untuk Buruh Migran Berdaulat
Jl. Pulo Asem I C No 15 RT 015 RW 001 Jati, Jakarta Timur 13220
Telp/Fax: +62 21 4752803
E-mail: migrantcare@nusa.or.id, buruhmigranberdaulat@gmail.com
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