The High Court of Singapore recently increased the sentences of two employers who had starved their foreign domestic worker, causing serious physical injury. In so doing, the court affirmed the victim’s right to human dignity despite the relative leniency of the charge. This case prompts reflection not only on the vulnerability of foreign domestic workers and the courts’ role in protecting their basic dignity, but also on the prosecutors’ role in framing charges that accurately and completely reflect the infringement of rights.
Singapore, foreign domestic workers, foreign maids, human dignity
Asian Studies | Workers' Compensation Law
Law, Society and Governance
ONG, Benjamin Joshua.
Offences against foreign domestic workers in Singapore: Vindicating the victim’s right to dignity. (2017). Research Collection School Of Law.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/sol_research/2401
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