Ethiopia sends 75 trained domestic workers to Saudi Arabia
London, August 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-After four years of disagreement Saudi arabia and ethiopian government over unacceptable treatment of its citizens, Ethiopia government has started sending trained domestic workers to Saudi Arabia after agreements were inked by the two countries a few months ago.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Nebyat Getachew told journalists that 75 domestic workers have legally travelled to Saudi Arabia under the coordination of government.
Travels to Saudi Arabia as domestic workers have been terminated for more than four years.
The spokesperson revealed that similar agreements have been signed with United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan.
Issues relating to treatment and rights of domestic workers in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have attracted global attention with Human Rights Watch, HRW claiming that over the last decade it has documented a plethora of abuses against domestic workers in Saudi Arabia, as well as other Gulf states.
“Domestic workers report that employers confiscate their passports to keep them from leaving and make them work excessive hours with no rest breaks and no days off,” said the group.
According to a statement by the Human Right group, Many domestic workers said that the employers don’t pay them their full salaries, if at all, that employers won’t let them leave the house, and often leave them without adequate food. In some cases, the employers abuse domestic workers psychologically, physically, or sexually.
The HWR noted that major gaps in the Gulf countries’ labour laws coupled with unethical recruitment in home countries foster exploitation and violence.
“Domestic workers need the consent of the employer if they want to change jobs, and those who leave before the end of their contracts can be imprisoned, fined, or deported,” reads the statement.
Huuman Right Watch said Steps taken by the Saudi government to address these problems have been ineffective.