jueves, 15 de diciembre de 2016

IMPRISONED: Lebanese activist detained


We urgently need your help. Earlier this month two domestic workers were arrested in Lebanon.Their names are Sushila Rana and Roja Limbu. Reports from our partners on the ground suggest these arrests were due to the women’s support of domestic workers in the country, many of whom have been exploited.[1] Sushila has since been forcibly deported back to Nepal without legal advice or appeal, and Roja is still imprisoned.
Roja is now detained in prison and has been refused access to lawyers. Our partner, the International Domestic Worker Federation, has been unable to talk to her since her arrest. This is a desperate situation and in a last effort to free Roja we are launching a petition calling on the Lebanese Government to release her without charge. If Roja is not released, our partners will take all petition signatures to the government.
Sushila and Roja are active members of the Lebanon Domestic Workers' Union. They have dedicated their lives to standing up for vulnerable domestic workers and supporting victims of domestic slavery.[2] Now they are the ones being persecuted.
The estimated 250,000 migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are excluded from national labour laws and are subjected to a restrictive kafala system that makes them extremely vulnerable to domestic slavery.[3] Without activists like Sushila and Roja fighting for domestic worker rights on the ground, many migrant domestic workers would find themselves completely isolated in a country that does little to protect them.
In solidarity,
Zoe, Joanna, Vittorio and the Walk Free team

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