Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih is an Indonesian domestic worker who, in January 2014, accused her Hong Kong employer of subjecting her to six months of physical abuse. Erwiana, 23, underwent treatment at the Amal Sehat Islamic Hospital in Sragen, Indonesia, after boarding a flight from the SAR. Photographs of Erwiana's injuries quickly spread through social media and led to a demonstration of thousands of people through Hong Kong's Central district. Police arrested her employer on January 20, 2014, as she tried to board a flight to Thailand.

Abused Hong Kong maid Erwiana files damages claim against jailed former employer

Erwiana is now studying at university in Indonesia. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih filed a personal injuries claim against her jailed former employer, seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

Wednesday, 18 March, 2015, 5:47am 5 comments

Indonesian maid Erwiana says others like her are being abused in Hong Kong

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, centre, with supporters outside the District Court in Wan Chai yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih greeted the news that her employer had been jailed for six years after subjecting her to months of abuse with a warning: the case was just the tip of the iceberg.

28 Feb 2015 - 2:08am 5 comments

Erwiana’s former boss jailed for six years as judge calls her behaviour ‘contemptible’

Erwiana meets her supporters outside Wan Chai District Court following the sentencing of her former employer Law Wan-tung. Photo: Dickson Lee

The abusive former employer of Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was sentenced to six years in prison and fined HK$15,000 at the District Court this morning.

27 Feb 2015 - 6:58pm 66 comments

Erwiana in One Billion Rising dance campaign to end violence against women

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (centre) dances with the crowd gathered for the One Billion Rising event in Central to raise awareness for women's rights. Photo: Jennifer Ngo

Laughing and chatting with friends in Central, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was a different person to the sombre figure seen going in and out of court recently.

15 Feb 2015 - 4:56am 3 comments

Government has taken no action to stamp out maid abuse in wake of Erwiana case: barrister

Foreign domestic helpers being compelled by law to reside in their employers' homes is the core of the problem.

The government continues to hold to the status quo position, arguing that the prevailing policies, legislation, administration and due diligence practices do not require any real change. 

12 Feb 2015 - 10:41am 13 comments

Language and cultural barriers leave Hong Kong's Indonesian maids 'more vulnerable to abuse'

Indonesian domestic workers tend to be less well educated than their Filipino peers. Photo: AFP

Language barriers and cultural differences may partly explain why Indonesian domestic helpers have been caught up in three of the city's most horrific abuse cases over the past 13 years.

12 Feb 2015 - 8:51am 15 comments

Hong Kong domestic helper spokesman calls for rule changes in wake of Erwiana abuse case

Indonesian domestic worker Tutik Lestari Ningsih testifies at the District Court in Wan Chai. Photo: Chris Lau

When Tutik Lestari Ningsih decided to come forward to speak out against her former employer in the wake of a sensational abuse case, it was hard to avoid the suggestion that she was being opportunistic.

11 Feb 2015 - 1:31am 1 comment

Mixed view on progress in ending abuse of domestic helpers

Women's activists Yuni Asriyanti (left) and Sri Nurherwati (centre). Photo: Sam Tsang

A year after the horrific abuse suffered by Erwiana Sulistyaningsih shocked the world, labour activists and the Indonesian and Hong Kong governments were still debating whether enough has been done to ensure the protection of domestic helpers.

11 Feb 2015 - 1:31am 3 comments

Abused Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana to sue hiring agency for neglecting her safety

Former Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih attends a press conference after her former employer Law Wan-tung was convicted of a raft of assault charges at District Court. Photo: AFP

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the domestic helper at the centre of an abuse case that has shaken Hong Kong and made headlines around the world, is planning to sue the Indonesian agency that recruited her, her lawyer said.

11 Feb 2015 - 9:26am 1 comment

Hong Kong must do more to protect domestic helpers

Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (centre) with supporters outside Wan Chai District Court as her former employer Law Wan-tung was convicted of a raft of assault charges. Photo: Sam Tsang

Every domestic helper who feels angst over their employment circumstances can take heart from the verdicts handed down to the woman who had for eight months abused and tormented Erwiana Sulistyaningsih.

11 Feb 2015 - 12:47am 7 comments

Erwiana’s father recalls emotional reunion with daughter after Hong Kong nightmare

Rohmad Saputro, Erwiana's father, at his chilli farmer in Ngawi, Indonesia. Photo: Sam Tsang

For eight months, Rohmad Saputro would wake up in the middle of the night, in the house he built himself with wood and bricks, praying to Allah that his daughter was safe.

11 Feb 2015 - 1:19am 1 comment

‘I forgive my employer’, says battered and imprisoned Hong Kong maid Erwiana

Erwiana's injuries were so severe, they rendered her unrecognisable. Photo: Sam Tsang

Despite her ordeal at the hands of her former employer, Erwiana says she has managed to forgive the woman who subjected her to months of abuse.

10 Feb 2015 - 5:25pm 15 comments

'I can forgive Law Wan-tung but justice must be upheld,' says Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

'I can forgive Law Wan-tung but justice must be upheld,' says Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

It’s been more than a year since the domestic worker left Hong Kong with appalling scars and bruises – caused by seven months of consecutive beatings she endured from her former employer.  But, she told the South China Morning Post, that she is ready to let go of her grudge.

11 Feb 2015 - 9:41am 1 comment

Erwiana wishes maximum sentence on former employer following guilty verdict

Erwiana and her supporters celebrate outside court. Photo: Sam Tsang

The former employer of Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was convicted of a raft of assault charges at the District Court this morning.

11 Feb 2015 - 7:32am 79 comments

Final legal shots fired ahead of Erwiana verdict in 3 weeks

Law Wan-tung (left) and her former maid, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih. Photos: Sam Tsang

Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih's claims about her ordeal at the hands of her Hong Kong boss over seven months were by no means "beyond common sense", a prosecutor said ahead of a court verdict.

21 Jan 2015 - 4:34am