Migrant Servant Abuse and Exploitation in Saudi Arabia

Posted on October 31, 2013


Note from Rafik Beekun:

Where do these “Muslims”  learn their Islam from? Islam does not tolerate such behavior towards one’s servants. Abu Hurairah (R.A.) relates that he heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say
Whoever beats the […] servant unjustly, revenge will be taken from him on the Day of Judgment.

CNN; In the amateur video, which went viral after it was posted on YouTube, a male worker in an orange jumpsuit is first seen sitting on a floor, scared and submissive.

A man who government officials believe is Saudi begins tormenting the victim, angry because he thinks the worker has spoken to his wife.

“Why did you come here when she was here?” he asks in what sounds like Saudi-accented Arabic.

“I swear I didn’t mean it,” pleads the man, who from his clothes and accent appears to be a migrant laborer, adding, “I swear to God I didn’t know.”

The abuser begins slapping his victim as he continues questioning him, demanding to know why the worker would dare contact his wife.

Officials aren’t sure where it happened, but they’re looking into it. […]

As awful as the incident captured on video is, it is not an isolated one. Global human rights groups have documented widespread abuse of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.

According to Human Rights Watch, there are “over nine million migrant workers in Saudi Arabia — more than half the work force.”

In July, the rights group issued a statement saying that “many suffer multiple abuses and labor exploitation, sometimes amounting to slavery-like conditions.”

The group added: “The kafala, or sponsorship, system ties migrant workers’ residency permits to ‘sponsoring’ employers, whose written consent is required for workers to change employers or leave the country. Employers often abuse this power in violation of Saudi law to confiscate passports, withhold wages and force migrants to work against their will or on exploitative terms.”

Human Rights Watch Saudi researcher Adam Coogle said that “Saudi Arabia needs to get serious about protecting migrant workers by providing adequate avenues to justice and mechanisms of redress.”

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