18 aprile 2016
Riceviamo e pubblichiamo una denuncia sulla conduzioni di oppressione delle donne immigrate negli Emirati Arabi Uniti
No death penalty for resisting rape!
On 7th December 2014 Jennifer Dalquez, a Filipina migrant
domestic worker in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), fought back when her
employer attempted to rape her at knifepoint. Five days later, Jennifer was
arrested on 12 December 2014.she was given the death sentence by a UAE court for
killing her employer. Her family and supporters are fighting for justice.
According to the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs which is representing Jennifer Dalquez, while her employer was attempting to rape her at knifepoint, she managed to turn the knife on her attacker. Jennifer’s arms had signs of abuse, including bruises and cigarette burns.
Rajima Dalquez, Jennifer’s mother, is appealing for support for her daughter. Born in a poor area of General Santos City in the Philippines, Jennifer Dalquez had been working as a domestic worker in Dubai since 2011 to support her family.
In the UAE most of the manual and blue collar work is done by migrant workers. There are about 146 000 female migrant domestic workers, many of whom are from the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Ethiopia.
The Human Rights Watch report, “‘I Already Bought You’: Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates,” documents how the UAE’s visa sponsorship system, known as kafala, and the lack of labour law protections leave migrant domestic workers exposed to abuse. The UAE, which has two seats on the International Labour Organisation board of directors, has reformed some aspects of the kafala system in recent years, but not for domestic workers.
“The UAE’s sponsorship system chains domestic workers to their employers and then leaves them isolated and at risk of abuse behind the closed doors of private homes,” said Rothna Begum, Middle East women’s rights researcher at HRW.
This protest is part of an international campaign demanding justice for Jennifer Dalquez and an immediate reprieve from the death penalty.
18 aprile 2016
ORGANIZZAZIONE COMUNISTA INTERNAZIONALISTA