Tuesday, November 19, 2013

LA to Hold Protest Against Migrant Abuse in Saudi Arabia

New York (TADIAS) – The aftermath of last week’s deadly immigration crackdown in Saudi Arabia that claimed the lives of three Ethiopian citizens and the images of targeted mob-violence continue to elicit strong reaction from Ethiopians worldwide.
More protests are scheduled next week in front of Saudi embassies and missions including in Washington, D.C. and New York.
The Ethiopian Community in NYC is scheduled to hold a rally at the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to United Nations on Monday, November 18th. Organizers say the upcoming event has no affiliation with any political or religious entity. They urge attendees to wear black.

“The sole purpose of this protest is to standby with our fellow Ethiopians, Africans and other immigrant workers in Saudi Arabia who are suffering from horrific acts of abuse and human rights violations,” the announcement said. “We urge the Government of Saudi Arabia to live up to its international obligations and responsibilities to protect migrant workers who are under the country’s jurisdiction from abuse, torture, rape, killings and unlawful deportation.”
The statement added: “This demonstration is intended to condemn gross violations of basic human rights by Saudi Arabia as stated in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to bring awareness to the international community about the immigrants whose only crime is a desire to work and provide for their needy families back home. The Ethiopian Community demands the launch of thorough and independent investigation into the killings, beatings, torturing and raping of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia and to bring those responsible to justice.”