Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Exploitation and Abuse of Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia

In 1962, then-King Faisal abolished slavery in Saudi Arabia by royal decree. Over forty years later, migrant workers in the purportedly modern society that the kingdom has become continue to suffer extreme forms of labor exploitation that sometimes rise to slavery-like conditions. Their lives are further complicated by deeply rooted gender, religious, and racial discrimination. This provides the foundation for prejudicial public policy and government regulations, shameful practices of private employers, and unfair legal proceedings that yield judicial sentences of the death penalty.

unfortunately, this deeply rooted discrimination is still preserved and propragated by the very authorities who are supposedly obliged to stop it. i therefore think that our fellow filipinos in saudi have a lot more to suffer from, especially with the way we have handled the hostage crisis recently.

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