Tuesday, May 09, 2006

FIlipina Victoria Andres Held Incommunicado

The Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants just issued a statement about inhumane punishment of an undocumented worker, Victoria Andres. Excerpts:

She was caught in front of Fu Jen Catholic University a month ago for being an undocumented migrant worker. The police have not yet released her because up to now her previous employer has not yet surrendered to the police her passport.

Other than that, the police also do not allow her visitors (even if there are visiting hours) including her boyfriend except for a pastoral Church worker. They also refuse even food given to her as gifts by her friends, saying that she has her own rations...

...it is illegal for any person to hold the passport or any other identity papers of another person. This illegal practice is still rampant in Taiwan.

note: for a few hours this post's headline incorrectly read that Ms. Andres was being held in solitary confinement, which was incorrect and not claimed by the APMM. Holidarity regrets the error.


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