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Underreported: Women Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Approximately 2 million women from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and other countries work as migrant domestics in Saudi Arabia. They are routinely underpaid, overworked, confined to the workplace, or subject to verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. And two Indonesian women were recently killed by their employers. On the second part of Underreported, Nisha Varia of Human Rights Watch speaks with Leonard about her recent trip to Saudi Arabia where she interviewed some of these domestic workers, and how the Saudi government should reform immigrant sponsorship laws.

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Nisha Varia

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R Hampton from California

Five Bahrainis released from Guantanamo Bay may each soon receive a 50,000 Bahraini Dinar grant (US $132,500) from the government. MP Mohammed Khalid said it is crucial the men receive compensation for the suffering and torture they were forced to endure in the US prison camp and so they are able to financially support their families ... Juma Al Dossary, who has dual Bahraini-Saudi nationality, was also among a group of 16 Saudis freed and transferred to Riyadh last month. "Look at what the government of Saudi Arabia has given Juma - a car, monthly allowance, help to find a job and to get married.
-- Geoffrey Bew, The Gulf Daily News

I track our "ally" Saudi Arabia and their three decades-long, global expansion of militant, extremist Wahhabi Islam.
http://wahaudi.blogspot.com

Aug. 23 2007 11:44 AM

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