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Saudi Arabia a hell for Ethiopian workers

16 November 2013 17:32

Saudi Arabia in crisis over migrant workers deportation

Ethiopia’s Information Ministry has released a shocking video footage dubbed “Hell on Earth” that shows appalling conditions of its nationals in Saudi Arabia.
Ethiopia’s Information Ministry has appealed to the international organizations to take immediate action to stop Saudi regime bloody crackdown on Ethiopian nationals.
The video footage shows some Ethiopians being tied-up are brutally beaten by Saudi security forces.
It also shows Saudi security forces in plain clothes beating workers using butt stocks.
According to the reports, several foreign workers have been killed in Saudi regime crackdown on foreign workers in recent days.
Foreign workers, especially Ethiopians, are facing beatings, torture, rape, abuse and death in Saudi Arabia.
Earlier Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom had condemned Saudi Arabia for its brutal crackdown on migrant workers in the kingdom.
The Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) also expressed its concern about the condition of Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.
CREW condemning the racist, gross human rights violations that target Ethiopians appealed to the international community and all human rights organizations to take the issue seriously and urged Saudi authorities to stop torturing Ethiopian workers.
Foreign workers cannot change jobs or leave Saudi Arabia without the permission of their sponsors, who are often Saudi companies or individuals who provide workers to businesses for profit.
Most of the sponsors take away the passports of the workers for the duration of their contract.
Human rights groups have criticized Saudi Arabia over the condition of migrant workers in the kingdom and called on Riyadh to abolish the sponsorship system for migrant workers.

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