Saudi Police Continued its Brutal Crackdown on Ethiopian migrant workers

On Saturday November 3, the Saudi Arabian police and army raided Manfuhah, a district in the capital Riyadh which is populated by Ethiopian expats and rounded up thousands of Ethiopian immigrants who do not have permits to stay in the country or whose permits have expired. Those who try to escape from the police are brutally attacked and killed. According to police statement at least two people have been killed including an Ethiopian national, and nearly 70 others wounded and more than 500 were also detained in the raid conducted by the National Guard and Special Forces in the neighborhood.

On Sunday, witnesses said police were surrounding the district while units from the National Guard and special forces were sent in.

Nearby, hundreds of men, women and children lined up with their belongings to board police buses taking them to an assembly center before their deportation, AFP news agency reported.


The news was reported yesterday by a couple of European media who relayed the government version of the incident without seeking comments from the representatives of the immigrant workers the nor the poor human rights record, including police impunity and labor abuse of the gulf country.

According to  International Labour Organization (ILO) report many Ethiopian domestic workers living abroad especially in the middle eastern counties are subjected to emotional and physical abuse, poor working conditions, low pay and discrimination.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom has condemned Saudi Arabia for its brutal crackdown on migrant workers in the kingdom.

“This is unacceptable. We call on the Saudi government to investigate this issue seriously. We are also happy to take our citizens, who should be treated with dignity while they are there,” Adhanom said on Sunday.


So far no International Human Rights organization openly condemned this inhuman and degrading human rights of Ethiopian immigrants. Rainbow-Ethiopia and some other concerned Ethiopians human right defenders in the Washington DC Metro Area hand-delivered a letter to the Saudi Arabia ambassador in Washington DC, Adel A. Al-Jubeir, today requesting his government’s urgent attention to the recent killing and inhumane treatment of Ethiopian immigrants, we also requested an urgent face-to-face meeting with Ambassador Al-Jubeir to express our concerns and we are working to submit a letter to the Saudi Human Rights Commission to request the commission to make sure that human rights are not violated when detaining & expatriating Ethiopian immigrants.

The concerned human right activists are also planning vigils and protest demonstrations at the Saudi Arabia embassy, UN human right agencies and other international human right organizations unless the Saudi government immediately stop all these inhuman and degrading treatment of Ethiopian immigrants.


About Mercy

Mercy is a public health and humanitarian practitioner, strategist and community educator and mobilizer, blogger, HIV/AIDS and Social Justice/Human Rights Activist who is courageously advocating for the Dignity, Health Equity and non-discrimination of all Marginalized and Vulnerable Social Groups by fighting the prevalent HIV, the widespread Homophobia and other forms of socio-economic exclusions/injustice in Ethiopia. He is also the co-founder and director of the pioneer; Rainbow-Ethiopia Health and Human Rights Initiative, the one and only LGBTI Health and Human rights organization in Ethiopia Please feel free to Contact him at: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Posted on November 11, 2013, in General Ethiopian News, Human Rights and Media in Ethiopia, Rainbow-Ethiopia Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Saudi is not a safe country for Ethiopians. The muslim countries are really against any mostly Christian counties. And your ‘rainbow initiative’ will not work in Ethiopia. Just FYI. But its really a pity you put so much of your energy to encourage such a terrible thing…. Maybe focus on Adoption? Education? Something more positive. you’ll likely see more results. 🙂


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