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Saudi's Fail to Block Video Revealing Abuse of Foreign Workers

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The victims include skilled and unskilled workers mainly from Asia. Christians, Hindus, Muslims, from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia. Young adults leaving their home countries to look for a better future abroad; men and women often

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Beth S (330)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 9:55 am
The victims include skilled and unskilled workers of different religion and nationality, mainly from Asia. Christians, Hindus, Muslims, from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia. Young adults leaving their home countries to look for a better future abroad; men and women often with children to support back home.

In Saudi Arabia these workers are willing to take those jobs that are considered "low" or "humiliating" by the Saudi population. The men deliver dairy products, clean hospitals, repair pipes, collect garbage while the women often work as maids, they clean, cook, take care of children. They are an essential working force for Saudi Arabia since without them such jobs would probably remain uncovered even if, paradoxically, the youth unemployment rate in the Kingdom is approaching 30%.

The words of Dr. Abdul Wahid bin Khalid al-Humaid, vice-Minister of Labour give a clear picture of the situation:

"We have a young population. We need to generate 6.5 million jobs. At the moment we have jobs that people don't like to do. So either we create jobs that people like, or we try to convince people to accept the jobs that are available".

According to Human Rights Watch more than 8 million migrant workers are employed in service jobs in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, giving it the highest population of foreign workers among the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council and yet the organization notes that in 2011 Asian embassies alone recorded thousands of complaints from employees forced to work 140-hour weeks with no days off, in many cases without being paid a salary and that is not enough; in fact many of these workers have to face systematic abuses carried out on a daily base by their employers.

Human rights organizations have strongly criticized Saudi Arabia's sponsorship system, which requires all expatriates to have a Saudi citizen as sponsor, usually the employer, who is responsible for their visa and legal status, as an enabler of worker exploitation. It is not uncommon for employers to take possession of workers' passports, and many of them have been known to refuse workers' requests to return to their home countries for visits and deny requests to change jobs.

Excessive hours or work in extreme conditions without being paid is not the only problematic. In fact a worrying number of rapes and other abuses have been reported among domestic workers in the country by different human rights organizations. A study by the Committee on Philipinos Overseas found that 70 percent of Philipino domestic workers reported physical and psychological abuse.

In October 2012, Al-Watan reported that an Indonesian maid died after 18 months in hospital as a consequence of severe beating at the hands of her Saudi sponsor's son. Although the young Saudi man was allegedly responsible for the worker's death, he faced no legal consequences.

Frequent reports of rape from Nepalese workers in Saudi Arabia were a contributing factor in Nepal banning women younger than 30 from working in the Gulf states last year.

Many mistreated workers were refused medical assistance and some were in such dramatic conditions that they resorted to suicide, as it occurred with an Ethiopian maid who hanged herself in her employer's home in December 2012.

Saudi Arabia abolished slavery in 1962 but the conditions of these workers are still extremely worrying; it was only in August 2013 that the Saudi government passed a draft law criminalizing domestic abuse, a purely theoretical measure since it doesn't specify the details to ensure prompt investigations on the abuses.
As pointed out by Human Rights Watch director Joe Stork, Saudi Arabia has finally banned domestic abuse, but has yet to say which agencies will implement the new law and without effective mechanisms to punish domestic abuse, this law is merely ink on paper.

Abuses are still taking place daily as shown by a recent video where a Saudi man is repeatedly beaten and whipped after being accused of talking to the attacker's wife. The video has triggered public anger and pushed many human rights organizations to follow the case.


In 2011 another video published online showed a Saudi young man beating a garbage collector for no reason while in another one published by Live Leak a Saudi is humiliating, spitting and beating a Bangladeshi taxi driver.


These abuses were caught on camera and brought to the public, but they are only a few of the many cases that target on a daily base expats in the Saudi Kingdom.

The new draft law has been passed by the government but without doubt Saudi Arabia has still a long way to go in relation to the rights of foreign workers.

Lee Hampton (15)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 10:05 am

Make no mistake in thinking this apples to Saudis alone. All of the rich Arab oil countries engage in this type of behavior on a daily basis. There are many articles about this in other Arab countries.

One would think that obscenely rich Arabs could easily afford to treat their workers nicely. But the treatment like slaves is due to the fact that Islam tells its followers that slavery for non-Muslims is good.

The Qur'an in Sura 3:110 tells Muslims, particularly Arab Muslims, that they are the best of peoples. This supremacist ideology produces cruelty such as seen in this video. Furthermore, the Qur'an dehumanizes non-Muslims by calling us the worst of creatures (Sura 98:6) and vilest of animals (Sura 8:55) and filthy (Sura 9:28).

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 10:55 am

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:08 pm
We all know this but far too many turn a blind eye.

Also, the fact that there are over 20 million slaves in the Muslims controlled countries in the Middle East is also ignored.

. (0)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:26 pm
I could not watch the whole video. Where is the justice the UN is supposed to provide?

Beth S (330)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:35 pm
G.M., that number seems to corroborate the statistics I've seen. Horrendous.

Allan, I have to tell you that this video made me cry. I think about all the Care2 people who are justifiably outraged and saddened over animals being treated like this. DOES THIS HUMAN BEING DESERVE TO BE TREATED LIKE THIS?

Hilary S (65)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:36 pm
slave labour is indeed rampant in too many countries in the arab bloc, and even large numbers of those westerners supposedly legitimately employed in saudi arabia for example, lured by lucrative contracts and benefits, can look forward to broken contracts. if they choose to take up a contractually listed visit home, a significant proportion of their salaries will be withheld ...

why would any person in their right mind choose to work their?

Madhuri Pillai (22)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:39 pm
Noted thanks

Madhuri Pillai (22)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:41 pm
Why do people work in places like this,.

Madhuri Pillai (22)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 3:43 pm
Absolutely horrendous, couldn't watch it.

bob m (32)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 5:04 pm

As color blindness .. our "leadership" winks at these things profiting from the whirlwind they think come.

Caroline S (78)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 5:08 am
C'est à vomir }:*-((

cecily w (0)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 5:55 am
Horrendous! Saudi Arabia is a member of the U.N. BUT as you scroll down a list of the 192 member nations, you begin to realize that fair labor practices is NOT a criterion for membership. It should be.

Since there is no international body that successfully combats unfair labor practices, the responsibility for doing so falls on those countries that supply labor--a default position. Unfortunately, these supplier nations do not have effective programs in place to stabilize population growth.

Lona G (80)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 8:08 am
The way the immigrant workforce is treated in Saudi Arabia and all other oil-rich countries in the Middle East is appalling. Organisations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty have been bringing out stories for years but with new technologies like smart phones and Facebook, more and more registrations of the cruelties these people have to endure.

It is all down to the enormous wealth that these countries have gained in just a few generations for their oil in combination with age old traditions (slavery was abolished only in 1962). The younger generations have always had people doing the lowly jobs for them, people from other countries who are still treated like slaves because the culture has not changed. It has nothing to do with religion, because a lot of the immigrant workers are Muslims but equally abused. It is psychologically more akin to the (old) Indian caste system in which only the untouchables did the dirtiest work. Rich, spoilt people who look down on anybody who does the slave work they feel is beneath them and who no longer see them as humans but as beasts of burden. As slavery is alive and well in Saudi Arabia, the UN should put sanctions on this country or throw it out of the UN altogether.

June Bostock (50)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 8:16 am
Noted. Thanks Beth.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 1:13 pm
Noted. How can this be aloud to happen in the 21st Century?

Stardust Noel (38)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 1:43 pm
Couldn't watch the video , this is awful, & very sad .I know rich Arabs think they are above all others, I knew one in a group I used to be in, she had maids, gardeners, a driver & you could tell she thought she was way better than they were. We are all human, & all should be treated with respect.

Roger G (154)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 2:03 pm
noted, thanks

Rhonda W (376)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 3:29 pm
The video is not up anymore.

valda p (13)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 3:36 pm
Why and how did Saudi Arabia get voted into the United Nations by 82 other countries ?graft and corruption -methinks - it's human rights record is -appalling and for that matter they have no animal rights at all-this makes the United Nations and what it stands for a-sham -these arrogant bully boys-the Saudi's are only so powerful because of the oil if it dries up they are back where they were -driving camel's in the desert.

marie C (163)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 4:42 pm
Well said Vaida
The is a lot of problems with human rights also sometimes its just crazy

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 8:42 pm
I too agree with Valda.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 9:39 pm

I have been reading extensively on this subject for the past few days, and it is a worldwide problem.

RIGHTS: U.N. Probes Abuse of Migrant Workers Worldwide

MENA is defined as Middle East and North Africa

What you can do;
Empowering Migrant Workers


Petition, with very few signatures, from

"The Plight of Migrant Workers," written by teen Author, Martha Walter

I read a story yesterday about the U.K.


They are working on a possible sollution,

Scroll down to page 11, and you will find the the EU is also not immune.

Hopefully you will sign the Petition.

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.
Mary Oliveau { hugs }

i Andrel (63)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 10:35 pm
This is horrible -I do not know if it is the same in Saudi Arabia but if you are a foreign worker in Dubai you cannot leave for one year

Rose Becke (141)
Friday November 29, 2013, 1:49 am
I signed Mary

Past Member (0)
Friday November 29, 2013, 2:02 am

Thank you Rose for putting this story in the group!
And, thank you Beth for bringing us this story.

This needs to stop. It makes no sense to me that humans would treat other humans so inhumanly.

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Friday November 29, 2013, 3:10 am
Very sad, Couldn't watch the video. It's too much... TY Beth

Syd H (0)
Friday November 29, 2013, 9:10 am

What else can you expect from muslims. There has got to be something seriously mentally wrong with anyone who honours and worships a PAEDOPHILE prophet and thinks it is right and proper to stone their wives to death for no reason, cut off the heads of people they disagree with, shoot school girls in the head for wanting education and crash planes into tall buildings, for the fun ?? of killing thousands of innocent people.
Islam in all its forms must be eradicated.

Beth S (330)
Friday November 29, 2013, 9:36 am

I agree vehemently! I tried to find you profile to ask you to become a friend, but I couldn't find it. If you can friend me, I'll okay it. Thanks! Beth

bob m (32)
Friday November 29, 2013, 3:01 pm

The darkness in their hearts will draw down vengeance on their heads... be assured of that.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 29, 2013, 4:13 pm

I put up a Petition link that included videos from Saudi. The videos are gone. Does anyone else see this, or is there just something blocking them from my Computer? They were there a few moments ago.

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

Past Member (0)
Friday November 29, 2013, 4:26 pm

They are getting rid of the evidence? The video doesn't show on this page either now.

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

Past Member (0)
Friday November 29, 2013, 5:17 pm

The evidence videos are back!

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

P. L. Neola (21)
Saturday November 30, 2013, 3:19 am
Both Geert Wilders and Bat Ye’or mentioned in their books that at the turn of the century, jihadist warriors declared a holy war against Christians in Indonesia, Philippines, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The savagery they partook in was unspeakable. Thousands were killed by jihadists. Young children were tied together and dragged behind speeding cars to their deaths. Women and children were abducted. Masses of people were forced into converting to Islam. Also, this next fact is truly ghastly. I never knew this kind of stuff ever occurred!!! Both men and women were forcibly circumcised without painkillers, antibiotics or even antiseptics. Apparently, all who resisted were truly beheaded. This was going on before and after the millennium year. We, in the United States, were all concerned about our computers because of a dating issue with the software or the hard drives while thousands of Christians were killed or persecuted in the previously stated countries. I do not remember our U.S. media covering any aspect of this holy war.

Because the Koran mentions Jews and Christians, a third option, the dhimma status, a humiliating position of servitude, was and is available. I believe we are witnessing a victim of dhimmitude. This is also a status that can be arbitrarily revoked. An entire family can be killed in minutes, especially if one member becomes defiant.

bob m (32)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 7:55 am

pride goeth before a fall ...oh how great the fall ;as one who fell as a star from heaven.. theirs shall be a terrible fall and eternal.

bob m (32)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 7:58 am

Where's the justive you ask qalan Y.... in their wallets....someone once mentioned lovers of money .. and it would seem these are its' leadership.

bob m (32)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 8:05 am

Lona ..what on earth are you saying .".it has nothing to do with religion'.. are you for real?... excuse me; but so often people come out of the fog and say similarly profane globs of ignorance... trying to white wash the sepulcher or mosque as is appropriate here....

bob m (32)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 8:10 am

Hey yo Lewis K.. wow...Aston Martins , broads; the whole thing huh.. you should be sure to get your horns polished today.. .. especially after dumping your crap on THIS story... are you a natural jerk or do you practice real hard at it?

Beth S (330)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 10:55 am
I believe, Portland, (and BTW, your analysis is very good) that the Dhimma option is largely theoretical at this time. Islamic end-of-times "prophesies" interestingly largely converge with Jewish and Christian ones. These seem to show that all Christians and Jews will be actively and completely destroyed by Muslims. The time for being a Dhimmie will have effectively ended.

The Jizya tax that Dhimmies paid to Muslims effectively financed Islamic expansionism. When they drained the native populations of their monies with this heavy tax, they often simply moved on to other countries who had not yet been tapped and drained. These days oil, blood diamonds, extortion, cigarette scams, sex trafficking, etc., provides expansionist Islam with the financial fuel that Jizya used to. In a sense Jizya is no longer needed, so killing off non-Muslims helps "purify" the world and is the end scheme in Islam.

You can see this in action in Egypt now. The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi factions have absolutely no intention of letting the Coptic Christians live as observant Christians. These two groups made some noise about making the Christians there pay Jizya (protection money/tax, that also is a concept the Mafia retained after Muslims were occupiers on Sicily), but in fact, most of these Islamists want to kill the Christians and destroy their churches completely. To some extent they have succeeded with making headway into this agenda.

This lack of Jizya in Islamic countries is also being paid in another form: the vast waves of Muslim immigration to Western countries, where the West is bled dry in absorbing Muslim aliens, giving them free or highly-subsidized housing, welfare monies, free education, health care, social services and the list goes on.

What's more is that huge percentages of the Muslims do not work in Western countries, do not have the skills or the inclination to work, and are vastly unemployed. So the native populations are forced to contribute their hard-earned money to pay for illegal Muslim immigrants by socialist governments.

To make matters work, an average of 80% of the inmates in Europe's prison system are Muslim, vastly over-representing their actual numbers in the population. Add to that the phenomenon known as "prison Daw'ah" proselytizing in jails, and offering special privileges to non-Muslims -- like protection from other Muslims to not be raped by Muslims if the non-Muslim prisoners convert, and you have hardened criminals coming out of prisons with a new anti-Western, Islamic-religiously-justified Jihad against the native populations.

Sadly, it doesn't end there. Islam allows Muslims up to four wives and an unlimited number of sex-slaves. Some 90% of rapes are committed by Muslims in Europe. In the U.K. there are huge numbers of mostly Pakistani prostitution rings who groom native (non-Muslim) European girls for prostitution. These Muslims have nothing to feel guilty about, because after all, the rasul (messenger) Muhammad said that rape and sex-slaving is just fine and appropriate.

There is a fascinating series (5- 15 minute videos) by Pastor Perry Stone on the Islamic calendar, the solid dating of when prophecies must come to pass. This is notably different from Jewish and Christian prophecies in that Judeo-Christian prophecies are understood to have no definite time -- it's simply up to God when to enable them to be fulfilled.

Islamic prophecies are mostly self-fulfilling, because Muslims understand that they HAVE to be fulfilled by x-year.

Regardless of your religious and political proclivities, this is a fascinating series to listen to because it gives you a fair amount of insight into how Islam acts in order to fulfill their "prophecies" on time, and what you can expect from them.

Beth S (330)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 9:02 pm
Sorry, the first of the five in the Pastor Perry Stone series is

The rest you can look up on Google/youtube

Jessica K (103)
Monday December 9, 2013, 3:13 pm
Very horrible. Migrant workers are deserving of dignity, and the freedom to move about. Any law which strips them of these basic rights is a violation of human rights in general. Noted and thanks.
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