An immigrant housemaid was beheaded on a trumped up charge of killing an infant of her employer ,on Wednesday.
This relates a three-year old complaint .
There was also a charge that she altered her age in her passport.
The girl lost her parents in the Tsunami that struck the Southern Coast of India and Sri Lanka and she was illiterate.
Saudi Arabia went ahead with the execution despite requests for clemency from Sri Lanka and Human Rights Organisations.
The plight of immigrant labor ,especially of low-level jobs that of maids, building workers is shocking, in the Gulf Countries, and especially in Saudi Arabia.
The ill-treatment meted out to them is Saudi Arabia remains unreported because of stringent laws on freedom of expression.
Excerpts from a Report:
Revealed in report by Nepalese Embassy in Riyadh. Since 2000 more than 3 thousand Nepalese migrant workers have died. One in every 162 people.
Kathmandu (AsiaNews / Agencies) – In 12 years over 3 thousand Nepalese migrant workers in Saudi Arabia have died because of their poor working conditions and exploitation. Of a total of 484,701 migrants in the Arab country, the average is 1 in every 162. The shocking findings were revealed in a report by the Nepalese Embassy in Riyadh, which identifies the abuse of black market alcohol a major cause of deaths. Udaya Raj Pandev, Nepal’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia and promoter of the study, explains that to withstand the grueling and demeaning working conditions, thousands of workers give in to the vice of alcohol circumventing bans in force in the Muslim country. According to the diplomat, over 30 people die each month due to alcoholism. Many of them come home exhausted, drink and die in their sleep. Another factor is accidents in the workplace….
Over 8 million migrant workers fill manual, clerical, and service jobs, constituting more than half the national workforce. Many suffer multiple abuses and labor exploitation, sometimes amounting to slavery-like conditions.
The kafala (sponsorship) system ties migrant workers’ residency permits to their “sponsoring” employers, whose written consent is required for workers to change employers or exit the country. Employers abuse this power to confiscate passports, withhold wages, and force migrants to work against their will.
In August Jadawel International, owned by Saudi Arabia’s third richest man, Shaikh Muhammad bin Issa Al Jaber, was six months in arrears with salary payments, as in previous years, and managers threatened workers not to pursue complaints in labor court.
Some 1.5 million migrant domestic workers remain excluded from the 2005 Labor Law. As in years past, Asian embassies reported thousands of complaints from domestic workers forced to work 15 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week, and denied their salaries. Domestic workers, most of whom are women, frequently endure forced confinement, food deprivation, and severe psychological, physical, and sexual abuse.
In December 2010, authorities made no attempts to rescue an Indonesian migrant domestic worker who had worked for 10 years without pay and whose sponsors were “renting” her out to other houses, according to one Saudi woman who informed authorities. In November 2010, authorities in Abha, southern Saudi Arabia, recovered the body of Kikim Komalasari, a 36-year-old Indonesian domestic worker, bearing signs of extensive physical abuse. In September an appeals court overturned a three-year prison sentence for the employer found guilty of severely assaulting Sumiati Mustapa, her Indonesian domestic worker. In June the government beheaded Ruyati binti Sapubi, an Indonesian domestic worker convicted of murdering her employer who allegedly refused to allow binti Sapubi to return home. Courts sentenced another Indonesian domestic worker to death for killing her employer after he allegedly tried to rape her.
Saudi Arabia continued to deport hundreds of Somalis to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, despite the acute violence there. Criminal Justice and Torture
Detainees, including children, commonly face systematic violations of due process and fair trial rights, including arbitrary arrest and torture and ill-treatment in detention. Saudi judges routinely sentence defendants to thousands of lashes.
Judges can order arrest and detention, including of children, at their discretion. Children can be tried and sentenced as adults if physical signs of puberty exist. The Interior Ministry said it had executed Bandar al-Luhaibi, a child, in October for killing his grandmother.”
A complaint from the Employer is enough to arrest you.
As a rule the Middle east employers collect the workers’ passports and threaten them.
Raping of housemaids are routine.
As the Passports are with the employer they can not complain.
False complaints are lodged.
Time that International pressure is applied.
PS.Though it might sound inhuman, let me say this.
‘ What about killing of fishermen from Tamil Nadu who are shot regularly in the sea near Rameswaram, on a charge that they crossed international waters?
Don’t they have a family?
Even if they have transgressed , why shoot them dead?
Pakistan with whom India’s relations are far from being warm, never shoots down those who stray into their territory!
To Indian Media.
‘Why is it it is always “Tamil Nadu Fishermen” and not Indian Fishermen?
A maid convicted of killing a baby has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia, despite being only 17 at the time of the crime.
Rizana Nafeek was beheaded by sword in Dawadmy, near the capital Riyadh, on Wednesday morning.
The execution went ahead despite years of international appeals from Miss Nafeek’s family and human rights groups.
Supporters of the housemaid, from Sri Lanka, say the age on her passport was changed so she could get work and that according to her birth certificate she was just 17 at the time.
The Sri Lankan government said it ‘deplores the execution’ and human rights groups also condemned her death.
Miss Nafeek was sentenced to death in 2007 after her Saudi employer accused her of strangling his four-month-old baby two years earlier after a dispute with the child’s mother.
But Miss Nafeek always protested her innocence and said the baby had choked to death while being bottle fed.
Her parents repeatedly appealed to King Abdullah to pardon their daughter.
The Sri Lankan government also appealed against the death penalty but the Saudi Supreme Court upheld it in 2010.
It was again ratified by the Saudi interior ministry yesterday.