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Global CoFFee= Global Coalition of Free and Fair Economic Enterprises to promote GPS and GRS via CAT for 3A+3E within CO+FoC We promote Good Governance, Sustainable Security, Progressive Prosperity and Sustainable Security and Green Renaissance Strategies via Complete, Accurate and Timely Communication and Media Network for Accessible, Affordable, Accountable Governance for Effective, Efficient and Equitable GPS (Good, Products and Services) within Constitutional Order and Freedom of Choice. Global COFFEE Network Campaign against Saudi Sponsored Terror at home and around the world! Re: The November 2013 Memo to the International community Re: Initiating The Global COFFEE Campaign for GPS: Good Governance and Progressive Prosperity and Sustainable Security against Global terror! Dear Global Citizens and Friends of Africans and Ethiopians: Greetings and best wishes as you try to stand for justice and make the criminal pay, here on earth in front of international media, ICT and Social Media network. We should not just be angry voices like the 99% Occupiers, who are left now with their me, me. Fleeting memory and fantasy of occupation and they occupied nothing! Why? They were driven by emotion, not reason, they were driven by anger not intelligence and strategy and work plan with smart implementation. Most importantly the Global Terrorist Corporations paid money to the police organizations that forced the local protectors of the law to protect the criminals- Sheer corruption all around. We need Good governance in the Global Police Departments too! Remember: The Criminals use the legal system against the law itself. The US Health Insurance Corporations have held the Obama Care hostage and the Criminals are blaming the president when it is the Insurance Criminals who are denying coverage for the money they already received. So, if they can hold hostage the US government and the US president what can the 99 per centers do. Hold them Accountable. The Saudi Criminals are doing exactly the same to the immigrant communities and especially to the noble Ethiopians. This must stop NOW! So, here is our Smart Work Plan The Problem: Saudi supported & Sponsored Terror at home and around the world! The Challenge: Saudi’s ability to buy the conscience of the powerful and deceiving the international community for perpetual inaction The Solution: Strategic and perpetual challenges at all international fora and their economic power house the (Dirty Oil Money) with Green Renewable Energy The Action: Global COFFEE Network (Coalition of Fair and Free Economic Enterprises) Our Value: We promote the dignity and divinity of mankind regardless of their religion, color, gender and educational and work status. Our Mission: To bring justice to all vulnerable populations, but specifically to the terrorists in Saudi Arabia who are funding terrorists in Africa, Asia and around the world? Our Goal: To prosecute them at the International Court of Justice and UN Security Council and make them pay and change their terrorist misgovernance, and promotion of culture and false religion of terror. Our Objective: To demonstrate, raise funds and get support from the UN and EU and AU and ASEAN countries via public and private enterprises including Human Rights Organizations and make these terrorist pay for their crime any where in the world. Our Action: To create Global COFFEE Network (Coalition of Fair, Free Economic Enterprises) around the globe, where we utilize the public and private enterprises networks to give jobs for those who are vulnerable, but also sanction those criminals who do not confirm to our values. Calendar based Strategic Work plan that is Specific, Measureable, Appropriate, Realistic and Time Sensitive. 1. Daily Productivity Reports on the social media network 2. Weekly Management Report 3. Monthly review of performance 4. Quarterly Reports and Strategic Plan and Goal Evaluation 5. Perpetual Recruitment of (IT)2 =innovation, investment, talent, technology as a vehicle for our operations. Remember: The famous Ethiopian proverb that states: ….”Wise people learn from the mistakes of others, Clever ones from their own and Fools continue to repeat the same mistake and Live in abject poverty, ignorance and wretched existence! ….” The International community, Saudi Arabians, Africans and Ethiopians can do better than this obnoxious serious of perpetual terror! Here is the Strategic Plan The November 2013 Memo On The State of Affairs of African Immigrants- The Saudi Terror on Ethiopian Immigrants Dear Global Citizens and Friends of Africans and Ethiopians. The Challenge: State sponsored terrorism at home and around the world- The Saudi case! It is with great sadness and shame we learnt about the abuse, terror and murder of Ethiopian immigrants in the Saudi capital, Riyadh by militia and security forces of our Saudi cousins who are one of our closest neighbors and modern day win-win partners in our sustainable development and investment opportunities to transform our region. The context- Ethiopia’s historical hospitality and mistreatment by its neighbors Ethiopia is the oldest independent nation on earth and the home of our common heritage. Ethiopia has ruled over the region including the Saudi landmass all the way from the Mediterranean to Madagascar and considers the people of Saudi Arabia as the extension of our civilization. So, why these series of terrorist activities against each other? The background-People of the same cultural heritage divided by artificial boundaries The Ethiopian Shabaka, the XXVth Pharaoh (720 BC) ruled over Upper and Lower Nile including Egypt, Nubia, the Arabian Peninsula, Azania all the way to Madagascar. As such modern Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia, share the same neighborhood and cultural heritage. The current series of terrorist activities should not be allowed to prevail. Successive Ethiopian governments in the person of Queen of Sheba/Azeb/Makida/Bilkis, Queen Hindeke and King Negash/is have given refuge first to the Jews when Solomon’s Kingdom perished some 3,000 years ago, and to the Christians some 2,000 years ago, and later to the Muslims some 1400 years ago, when they were persecuted in Jerusalem and Mecca/Medina respectively. The Ethiopian perspective-Ethiopia as the foundation for Abrahamic Covenants Abraham the founder of our faith was a refugee from Ur, Babylonia. All the current Abrahamic Covenants of Judaism, Christianity (~3.5 Billion believers) owe their faith and service to humanity, to the Great generous Ethiopian governments who gave them refuge in the early days of their existence and challenges. As such, Ethiopians in the person of Melchisedec, King of Salem blessed Abraham; Jethro taught Moses governance, and King Negash’s generosity and magnanimity to Prophet Mohammad and his family allowed the faith of Islam to prosper. Blessing not terror- Saudi Arabia and the world owes Ethiopians for our generosity It would not be an exaggeration to conclude that without Ethiopian magnanimity and refuge, the Abrahamic Covenant would not exist or prosper to its current status. The world owes Ethiopians for being a hospitable people to the series of refugees and freedom lovers who came to our shores. We demand nothing less or more from others in our time of need. The solution-Modern Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia can be win-win developmental partners Today, these noble and ancient people are vulnerable and the world, especially Saudi Arabia deserves to treat Ethiopians better! Interestingly, at this very time when such terror is committed against Ethiopians by the same Saudi criminals, the Saudi people are treated with respect In Ethiopia and are considered our closest development partners! Corporations like the Saudi Star and other related corporations have huge investment and business transactions with Ethiopians, and our people continue to work hand in hand to transform the future of the region. This respect and mutual trust need to be reciprocated by the Saudis. The responsibility-The House of Saud should honor the Great Commission The nation that claims to have one of the great commissions and invites a Haj every year cannot act like hooligans and terrorist in front of modern ICT, social media network. That haj and good will could dry up in a matter of minutes as the truth of the hypocrisy is revealed to the international community. The Change paradigm- Changing this treacherous relationship by balanced and win-win partnership It is this unbalanced and treacherous relationship that is causing us a lot of pain, when we learn that our common shared future is being tarnished by few foolish incidents. For the record this treacherous activity is not taking place now for the first time. We were surprised more recently when one well-known Saudi Prince working in the Ministry of Defense made a rather unfortunate and uneducated comment at an international water conference, in effect making foolish and racist comment against Ethiopia. The global Ethiopian community including the Ethiopian government appropriately challenged this and appropriate action was taken and he was sacked from a key Defense position. We demand the same consideration here Our shared value-Terrorism cannot be condoned who ever is the source We believe the current terrorist activity that was unleashed on Ethiopian immigrants deserve a very thorough investigation by the Saudi and International Community, and appropriate action taken against the terrorists who committed this rather unfortunate incident that could tarnish the historical and current relationship between the people of Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia. The Enterprising immigrants- the successful story of US Immigrants can be replicated in Saudi Arabia Immigrants are known to be creative and enterprising human capital to their new homes, as the example of the Great Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs of Apple Enterprises testifies in their contribution to US and global communities. The USA is a superpower on the backs of a series of diverse immigrants enriching the lives of the entrepreneurial powerhouses ranging from Wall Street to Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills, with their talents and resources not to forget the current White house that is currently led by a person of African/Kenyan descent. The change paradigm- the archaic Saudi policy of sponsorship and immigrant bashing need to change! Imagine, what Ethiopians immigrants can do for Saudi Arabia in the years to come as they did to the family of the prophet Mohammad who many consider to be of Ethiopian descent. Saudi Arabia can benefit from the creative energy of its immigrant communities, including the noble Ethiopians! The future- Good Governance enables progressive prosperity and sustainable security for all It is with this background, that we demand that the international community make the Saudi Government and people accountable for the recent terror, abuse and massacre of Ethiopian immigrants in its capital. We at Global Connect, Inc promote GPS, via GRS and CAT for 3As+3Es within CO+FoC. We promote Good Governance, (that is participatory, transparent and accountable order), Progressive Prosperity and Sustainable Security for all, via Green Renaissance Strategies within a Complete, Accurate and Timely Information System for Effective, Efficient, and Equitable GPS (Goods, Products and Services) within Constitutional Order and Freedom of Choice. Lessons learnt-The Saudis cannot expect to live in the middle ages and get respect in the 21t Century! Saudi Arabia needs to comply with international law of human rights and good governance and make its security and militia accountable and take actions that are worthy of this long and highly cherished relationship between our peoples. The old Ethiopian wisdom professes that Wise people remember the past, understand the present and charter a better future for the next generation. The Saudis need to change for the better and respect their neighbor Ethiopia for their own good. The vision-May wisdom and cool heads prevail and terrorist be punished My sympathy, condolences and the mercy goes to these noble vulnerable Ethiopians and ask or for the Universal God/Ethiopia’s God protection and blessing in this special time of their need. I pray for calm, deliberations and strategic vision of a better future in the Red Sea neighborhood Our common future-The global community should not keep quiet in the face of violent terror! The global media, and the international community should take up the cause of Ethiopian Immigrants and get justice for our people. Remember: It is in our common shared interest to make all governments accountable to ensure the safety and the security of this beautiful planet we live in. It is time to change! This is our moment for Action The Saudi Government should act judiciously for its own sake; as such callous and criminal activities can unleash the wrath of the people that is currently being experienced in Syria, Egypt, Libya and the Islamic Maghreb. The International community and especially those ~3.5 Billion people of Abrahamic faith should stand up with Ethiopian Immigrants and Ethiopian government to get justice for these noble ancient people who have been violated and massacred in Saudi Arabia. Thanking you for your attention and assistance in this critical matter, I remain Yours sincerely Belai Habte-Jesus, MD, MPH Global Connect, Inc http://www.GlobalBelaiJesus.com GlobalBJesus@gmail.com http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2013/country-chapters/saudi-arabia?page=3 Understanding modern slavery in Saudi Arabia Possible initiating of the abuse and terror Saudi officials claim that the Ethiopians instigated this episode by throwing stones at cars without any provocation, but a reporter for the Wall Street Journal talked to locals who had a different view. They said “Saudi security forces had come to the neighborhood the night before to declare that all illegal African migrants had to leave… immediately. Pakistani laborers began trying to help police by catching African workers, and clashes began”. Creating jobs for locals by abusing immigrants? This harsh crackdown comes as part of a longstanding Saudi effort aimed at increasing the proportion of citizens employed in productive sectors of the economy. However, it is also the result of a pervasive legacy of racism and religious discrimination experienced by African Christians in the Kingdom. Official Saudi Slavery System alive until 1962. Saudi Arabia only abolished slavery in 1962, under heavy pressure by Washington and the UN. The best estimates suggest that the Kingdom held approximately thirty thousand slaves at the time. Wahhabi teaching: Slavery is part of Islam, part of Jihad? But the Wahhabi religious establishment was reluctant to see the institution go. Just a decade ago, a member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body was caught on tape preaching that “slavery is a part of Islam”. He elaborated that “slavery is a part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long as there is Islam”. Hierarchy of races and slavery as a religious obligation? In this insidious mindset—which, of course, is rejected by many Muslims—a hierarchy of races could be seen as a religious obligation. Due to what Saudi dissident Ali al-Ahmed calls a “culture of slavery” that “pervades the country,” even dark-skinned men and women who are Saudi citizens have been blocked from positions in a range of prestigious professions. Nine million immigrants- potential or real slaves in action There are an estimated nine million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, mostly doing jobs that Saudis themselves do not want to take. And so far, the sudden crackdown is mainly just causing disruptions to Saudi Arabia’s national economy. Potential standstill of key safety and security related jobs According to a story in the Saudi Gazette, twenty thousand schools in the country are now short of janitors, and 40 percent of small construction firms have stopped operations. One observer even counted thirteen facilities for the religious ritual of washing dead bodies that had been shuttered in Jeddah because the workers responsible for this thankless task had been forced to flee. Embassies in Riyadh as detention centers and camps. Many illegal immigrants have wanted to go home but were unable to do so. Hundreds of Filipinos have been camping out in front of their country’s consulate in Jeddah because they needed official support to get exit visas and purchase expensive airplane tickets home. Saud Kefala labor system- the Saudi Slavery ghetto Saudi Arabia’s kefala labor system facilitates human rights abuses, “sometimes amounting to slavery-like conditions.” The system gives companies enormous power over their foreign employees, including the ability to block employees from flying home if they are unhappy with their work conditions. That is why such rights groups and the Economist have called on Riyadh to abolish the kefala system. Discrimination and exploitation- The Saud family Dictatorship hallmarks. Overlaid with this system of discrimination and exploitation is Saudi Arabia’s chauvinistic repression of Christian residents. Many African workers in the country are Christians, but absolutely no churches are officially allowed. As recently as this April, Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti declared that all churches in the Arabian Peninsula must be destroyed. Terrorizing and Beheading Christians In February, Saudi Arabia’s religious police raided a private religious gathering of fifty-three Ethiopian Christians, shutting down their prayer group and making mass arrests. Just half a year earlier, authorities deported thirty-five others for participating in a similar Ethiopian prayer group. And in 1997 two foreign workers were beheaded for conducting Bible study meetings and prayer groups in prison. Ethiopian returnees show signs of physical abuse But no aspect of these abuses is more chilling than the examples of bodily harm experienced by some foreign workers in the Kingdom. Many of the individuals returning to Ethiopia have scars or fresh wounds from beatings by employers or police, and one man claims the officer who beat him even stole the shoes from off of his feet. Suicide Campaigns by African and Asian Immigrants According to the UAE paper Emirates 24/7, “scores of Asian and African domestic workers have been reported to have committed a suicide in Saudi Arabia over the past years because of mistreatment and other factors”. Chilling images keep surfacing on the web of Ethiopian maids who were so desperate with their circumstances in Saudi Arabia that they hanged themselves. ICT and Video coverage of the abuse and no investigations Over the years, numerous videos have surfaced showing angry, entitled Saudis beating and verbally abusing foreign workers—although to their credit, many Saudi citizens called out for a criminal investigation in one recent case. A study by the Committee on Filipinos Overseas found that 70 percent of Filipino domestic workers in Saudi Arabia reported instances of physical or psychological abuse. Post Manfouha, 23,000 Ethiopians self deported themselves. Ethiopia’s ambassador to Riyadh, who obviously wishes to maintain good relations with his Saudi hosts, actually claimed that twenty-three thousand of his countrymen “handed themselves in” afterManfouha. They are being deported in large numbers at this very moment. Why does the US protect the criminal Suad family and their dictartorship? How bad must it become for economic migrants when suddenly tens of thousands of them are allegedly begging for a way out? And at what point does the international community have a responsibility to say loudly and emphatically enough is enough? Source: Dawit Giorgis is a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former senior official in the Government of Ethiopia. David Andrew Weinberg is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation. Saudi Arabia & Global Terrorist Network Saudi Arabia does not tolerate public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam and systematically discriminates against its Muslim religious minorities, in particular Shia and Ismailis. The chief mufti in March called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula. Chronicles of Saudi Terror In 2012, authorities made arrests for expression of religious opinion, including, in February, of Hamza Kashgari, whom Malaysia extradited to the kingdom on blasphemy charges related to his fictitious Twitter dialogue with the Prophet Muhammad. In May, authorities in the northern town of ‘Ar’ar arrested two persons for apostasy because they adopted the Ahmadi interpretation of Islam. In June, prosecutors arrested Ra’if Badawi on the charge of operating the Saudi Liberals website, deemed insulting to Islam. By August, all 35 Christian Ethiopian men and women arrested in December for “illicit mingling” during a religious service had been deported. Official discrimination against Shia encompasses religious practices, education, and the justice system. Shia protests revived in October 2011 and escalated in January and again in July 2012, when the authorities arrested Shaikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent cleric. Security forces have killed at least 11 Shia in protests since 2011. Protesters demanded the release of Shia prisoners and an end to discrimination. In July, activists reported that 100 Saudis in Buraida and about a dozen in a Riyadh shopping mall demonstrated for the release of long-term detainees without trial. University and public security forces in March intervened to quell a protest by female students in King Khaled University, leaving at least one woman dead. She reportedly suffered from an epileptic fit that was triggered after security guards attempted to force the students to disperse. Saudi Arabia does not allow political or human rights associations. In December 2011, the authorities denied the Justice Center for Human Rights a license, and did not reply to requests for a license by the Saudi Human Rights Monitor, which registered in Canada in May. In July, authorities released Nadhir al-Majid, detained since April 2011 for critical writings, and a court released Khalid al-Juhani, detained since demonstrating, alone, on the Saudi day of rage, March 11, 2011. In February, Hadi Al Mutif was freed after 18 years in prison, most of them on death row, convicted of apostasy for insulting the prophet. The chief mufti had accepted his repentance. Key International Actors Saudi Arabia is a key ally of the United States and European countries. The US did not publicly criticize any Saudi human rights violations except through annual reports. Some members of the US Congress have expressed skepticism about Saudi’s policy priorities. The US concluded a $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, its largest anywhere to date. The European Union also failed to publicly criticize human rights abuses in the kingdom, although the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament in May held a rare hearing on human rights in Saudi Arabia. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in January voiced alarm over the use of the death penalty and cruel sentences such as “cross-amputation” of both the right hand and left foot. Saudi Arabia and its Terrorist Network Some 1.5 million migrant domestic workers remain excluded from the 2005 Labor Law. In years past, Asian embassies reported thousands of complaints from domestic workers forced to work 15 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week, and denied their salaries. Domestic workers, most of them women, frequently endure forced confinement, food deprivation, and severe psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. In 2011 and 2012, the rampant abuse led the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, and Kenya to impose restrictions on their citizens from migrating to Saudi Arabia for domestic work. In October 2012, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia approved resuming migration after agreeing upon a US$400 minimum wage but few other rights. In April, Saudi Arabia pardoned 22 Indonesian domestic workers on death row. Many migrant domestic workers still face the death penalty, often after having limited access to legal advice and translators during court proceedings. These include 32 Indonesian domestic workers whose convictions include witchcraft and “sexual offenses,” and Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan domestic worker who was under 18 years old when a baby died in her care. Criminal Justice and Torture Detainees, including children, commonly face systematic violations of due process and fair trial rights, including arbitrary arrest and torture and ill-treatment in detention. Saudi judges routinely sentence defendants to thousands of lashes. Judges can order arrest and detention, including of children, at their discretion. Children can be tried and sentenced as adults if physical signs of puberty exist. Authorities do not always inform suspects of the crime with which they are charged, nor of supporting evidence. Saudi Arabia has no penal code, so prosecutors and judges largely define criminal offenses at their discretion. Lawyers are not generally allowed to assist suspects during interrogation and face difficulty examining witnesses or presenting evidence at trial. From January to September 2012, Saudi Arabia executed at least 69 persons, mostly for murder or drug offenses, but also, in the case of one Saudi man, Muri’ al-‘Asiri, for “sorcery.” By October 2012, The Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA), an unlicensed Saudi rights organization, had filed over 60 cases over two years against the secret police for long-term detention without trial and, in some cases, torture. The court typically ruled it did not have jurisdiction, ACPRA said. Saudi Arabia continued to sentence children to death. In March, Okaz reported that authorities had sentenced to death eight persons aged 16 to 19. Freedom of Expression, Belief, and Assembly Authorities in 2012 arrested persons for peaceful criticism or human rights activism. Muhammad al-Bajadi, a businessman and rights activist, was convicted for setting up ACPRA and Yusuf al-Ahmad, a cleric, for disobeying senior clerics by calling for release or trial of detainees. Prosecutors issued politicized charges, including being in touch with international rights organizations, against Abdullah al-Hamid, Muhammad al-Qahtani, Walid Abu al-Khair, and Fadhil al-Manasif. < prev123 • Keynote • Essays • Photos and Videos • Country Chapters • Publications • About • Donate • Site Map • Privacy Policy • Corrections • Permissions The case of Ethiopian Immigrants Ethiopian Migrants Victimized in Saudi Arabia By Graham Peebles, CounterPunch November 23, 2013 ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Escalating persecution of Ethiopian immigrants In the last 10 days persecution of Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia has escalated. Men and women are forced from their homes by mobs of civilians and dragged through the streets of Riyadh and Jeddah. Distressing videos of terror and torture Distressing videos of Ethiopian men being mercilessly beaten, kicked and punched have circulated the Internet and triggered worldwide protests by members of the Ethiopian diaspora as well as outraged civilians in Ethiopia. Women report being raped, many repeatedly, by vigilantes and Saudi police. Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT), has received reports of fifty deaths and states that thousands living with or without visas have been detained awaiting repatriation. Imprisoned, many relay experiences of torture and violent beatings. Plan to purge migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. Earlier this year the Saudi authorities announced plans to purge the kingdom of illegal migrants. In July, King Abdullah extended the deadline for them to “regularize their residency and employment status [from 3 rd July] to November 4th. Obtain the correct visa documentation, or risk arrest, imprisonment and/or repatriation. On 6th November, Inter Press Service (IPS) reports, Saudi police, “rounded up more than 4,000 illegal foreign workers at the start of a nationwide crackdown,“ undertaken in an attempt (the authorities say), to reduce the 12% unemployment rate “creating more jobs for locals”. Crackdown in immigrants Leading up to the “crackdown” many visa-less migrants left the country: nearly a million Bangladeshis, Indians, Filipinos, Nepalis, Pakistanis and Yemenis are estimated to have left the country in the past three months. More than 30,000 Yemenis have reportedly crossed to their home country in the past two weeks,” and around 23,000 Ethiopian men and women have “surrendered to Saudi authorities” [BBC]. Illegal attack on Ethiopians The police and civilian vigilante gangs are victimizing Ethiopian migrants, residing with and without visas; the “crackdown” has provided the police and certain sectors of the civilian population with an excuse to attack Ethiopians. Press TV reports that “Saudi police killed three Ethiopian migrant workers in impoverished neighborhood of Manfuhah in the capital, Riyadh, where thousands of African work mostly Ethiopians, were waiting for buses to take them to deportation centers.” Torture in concentration camps Hundreds have been arrested and report being tortured: “we are kept in a concentration camp, we do not get enough food and drink, when we defend our sisters from being raped, they beat and kill us,” a migrant named Kedir, told ESAT TV. Women seeking refuge within the Ethiopian consulate tell of being abducted from the building by Saudi men and raped. ESAT, reports that several thousand migrants have been transported by trucks to unknown destinations outside the cities. Legal framework for repatriation is grossly missing Whilst the repatriation of illegal migrants is lawful, the Saudi authorities do not have the right to act violently; beating, torturing and raping vulnerable, frightened people: people, who wish simply to work in order to support their families. The abuse that has overflowed from the homes where domestic workers are employed onto the streets of the capital reflects the wide-ranging abuse suffered by migrant workers of all nationalities in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Gulf States. Trail of Abuse This explosion of state sponsored violence against Ethiopians highlights the plight of thousands of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. They tell of physical, sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of employers, agents and family members. The draconian Kafala sponsorship system, (which grants ownership of migrants to their sponsor), together with poor or non-existent labour laws, endemic racism and gender prejudice, creates an environment in which extreme mistreatment has become commonplace in the oil-rich kingdom. A third of the Saudi populations are migrant workers. There are over nine million migrant workers in Saudi Arabia, that’s 30% of the population. They come from poor backgrounds in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia and Ethiopia and make up “more than half the work force. The country would grind to an embarrassing stand still without their daily toil. “Many suffer multiple abuses and labor exploitation [including withholding of wages, excessive working hours and confinement], sometimes amounting to slavery-like conditions”, Human Rights Watch (HRW) states. Isolation, total control and day light slavery system. The level of abuse of domestic workers is hard to judge: their isolation combined with total control exerted by employers, together with government indifference, means the vast majority of cases go unreported. Until August this year there was no law covering domestic abuse. No legal and orderly framework of repatriation Legislation has been passed: however, the authorities, HRW reports “are yet to make clear which agencies will police the new law…without effective mechanisms to punish domestic abuse, this law is merely ink on paper.” All pressure needs to be exerted on the rulers of Saudi Arabia to ensure the law is implemented and enforced so victims of domestic violence feel it is safe to come forward. Ethiopian Governments Negligence Whilst thousands of its nationals are detained, beaten, killed and raped, the Ethiopian government hangs its negligent head in silence in Addis Ababa, does not act to protect or swiftly repatriate their nationals, and criminalises those protesting in Addis Ababa against the Saudi actions. Constitutional rights for dissent and protest not appreciated in Ethiopia Although freedom to protest is enshrined within the Ethiopian constitution (a liberal minded, largely ignored document written by the incumbent party), dissent and public demonstrations, if not publicly outlawed, are actively discouraged by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) regime. Protest at Saudi Embassy in Ethiopia resulted in Government crackdown In response to the brutal treatment meted out by the Saudi police and gangs of vigilantes in Riyadh and Jeddah, outraged civilians in Addis Ababa staged a protest outside the Saudi Embassy, only to be confronted by their own police force, wielding batons and beating demonstrators. Al Jazeera reports that police “arrested dozens of people outside the Saudi embassy [in Addis Ababa] in a crackdown on demonstrators protesting against targeted attacks on Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia.” A senior member of The Blue Party, Getaneh Balcha was one of over 100 people arrested for peacefully protesting. Legal and illegal demonstration The government’s justification, rolled out to defend yet another suppressive response to a democratic display, was to assert that the protest “was an illegal demonstration, they had not got a permit from the appropriate office”: petty bureaucratic nonsense, hiding the undemocratic truth that the government does not want public protests of any kind on the streets of its cities: effectively, freedom of assembly is banned in Ethiopia. The protestors, he said, “were fomenting anti-Arab sentiments here among Ethiopians.” Given the brutal treatment of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia, anger and anti-Saudi sentiment (not anti Arab) is, one would imagine understandable, and should be shared by the Ethiopian government. Duplicitous and repressive regime? The people of Ethiopia are living under a duplicitous highly repressive regime. The EPRDF consistently demonstrates it’s total indifference to the needs and human rights of the people. Freedom of expression, political dissent and public assembly is denied by a regime that is committing a plethora f human rights violations in various parts of the country, atrocities constituting in certain regions crimes against humanity. In fact, according to Genocide Watch, the Ethiopian government is committing genocide in the Somali region, as well as on the “Anuak, Oromo and Omo” ethnic groups (or tribes).Freedom of expression, political dissent and public assembly is denied by a regime that is committing a plethora f human rights violations in various parts of the country, atrocities constituting in certain regions crimes against humanity. Global and worldwide campaign against Global Terror sponsored by Saud family The recent appalling events in Saudi Arabia have brought thousands of impassioned Ethiopians living inside the country and overseas onto the streets. This powerful worldwide action presents a tremendous opportunity for the people to unite, to demand their rights through peaceful demonstrations and to call with one voice for change within their beloved country. The time to act is now, as a wise man has rightly said, “nothing happens by itself, man must act and implement his will”. — Graham Peebles is director of the Create Trust. He can be reached at: graham@thecreatetrust.org • Comment is free Justice, even for princes of terror in UK Britain’s conviction of a Saudi prince for the murder of his servant has inspired Saudi Arabians longing for impartial justice • Email • o Ali al-Ahmed o o theguardian.com, Wednesday 20 October 2010 07.36 EDT o Jump to comments (225) Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Saud, left, was found guilty of the murder of his servant Bandar Abdulaziz. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA The prince is guilty of murder. That was the verdict rendered against the Saudi prince, Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Saud, regarding the death of his servant, Bandar Abdulaziz. It is a victory for the people of Saudi Arabia who, for the first time in their lives, can see a “blueblood” royal held accountable for his actions against a commoner. His trial at the Old Bailey sent a strong message that a Saudi prince and a pauper are the same in the eyes of the law in Britain, and that British justice is superior to the Saudi court system, which claims to uphold Islamic standards. Many Saudis are cheering the verdict: they know that if this murder had occurred in Saudi Arabia, the killer would not have seen a single day in prison. The victim in this case had no hopes of receiving justice in his homeland, but the British court has upheld the fundamental principle of equality under law. Millions of people in Saudi Arabia were watching the trial closely, and the outcome gives them hope that the impartial rules of western jurisprudence may one day be emulated in their land. In Saudi Arabia and other despotic regimes, where people are divided into rulers and subjects, the judicial system is guided by the whims of the ruling family and the accused prince would have been given a free pass. This may have been on the mind of detective chief inspector John McFarlane, who summarised the situation: “This verdict clearly shows no one, regardless of their position, is above the law.” The convicted prince is a “Royal Highness” prince – one of the few hundred males eligible by birth to ascend to the Saudi throne. There are two classes of Saudi princes. Male descendents of King Abdulaziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia, are given the title of “Royal Highness”, while other princely males have to make do with a mere “Your Highness”. It is worth noting that these titles are an anathema to Islam’s egalitarian tradition and, in fact, have no foundation in Arab history. They were imported to Saudi Arabia from the United Kingdom in the 1940s. Bandar Abdulaziz, the prince’s victim, was a black man who grew up in a government orphanage with no known parents – the worst possible combination in Saudi Arabia in terms of social worth. In the eyes of many royals, Bandar was just a slave – and it’s a view that the Saudi courts usually share. Take the case of Sulaiman al-Huraisi, 28, a black man who was beaten to death at his house in Riyadh by members of the Saudi religious police. Huraisi had been kicked in the head by 10 members of the government militia (which was later cleared of responsibility for his death). That was not an isolated incident. It reflects the policy of the Saudi monarchy, which bars black people from becoming judges and holding senior military posts. In addition, black women are not allowed to work as on-camera reporters for Saudi state television stations, a former reporter told me. “We can only use your voice,” her manager told her. Bandar was one of thousands of black Saudis who are modern-day slaves of the ruling family, serving them in any capacity, including sexually. The culture of slavery pervades the country and while slavery was officially banned in 1964, it continued in practice, especially inside the walls of thousands of princely palaces. Members of the princes’ inner circle are popularly called khawee, “minion”. Essentially, they are subordinates who are there for the service or the amusement of a prince with an inflated sense of self-importance. A khawee could, for example, be an Arab writer who realises that being a member of the inner circle of a Saudi prince is extremely rewarding. Abusing subjects is nothing new to the Saudi royals, who are driven by a sense of entitlement and impunity, even outside their kingdom’s borders. In the past few years, at least three princesses have been accused of physically abusing their maids in the United States. In one case, the princess agreed to pay a $1,000 fine, though without making any admission of guilt. In 2003, Fahd bin Nayef bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a second cousin of the convicted prince, murdered a teenage Saudi boy, Monther al-Qadi, by shooting him with his personal machine gun in broad daylight in the streets of Riyadh. After a few crafty manoeuvres by Prince Salman, governor of Riyadh, the case ended in a dramatic fashion in May 2004. Minutes before the prince was to be executed, Monther’s father pardoned the killer. The Saudi ruling family is not all that different from other ruling families in the Middle East, who can pretty much walk all over the law in their Gucci loafers. The major reason for these abuses is the absolute power that the Al Saud family wields without challenge, acting as if they are above the law that they control. In previous cases the Saudi regime has pressured western governments not to take action against members of the royal family. A British inquiry into corruption allegations related to arms sales was halted after the Saudis threatened to stop co-operating with Britain on counterterrorism. France also received strong Saudi threats to cancel billions of dollars in contracts if Prince Nayef al-Shaalan, who is not an Al Saud but is married to the king’s niece, was tried for smuggling two tons of cocaine. A French court nevertheless convicted him in absentia and sentenced him to 10 years. Prince Saud’s conviction gives all of us some hope that one day our people will enjoy a modern court system that sees no difference between a prince and a pauper. I am hoping that Britain might export its brand of justice to our country to help modernise our medieval judiciary. That is undeniably a better and more useful export to our people than any sales of fighter planes. From the Ethiopian Fire Into the Saudi Arabian Frying Pan By Alemayehu G Mariam November 25, 2013 ________________________________________ Over the past decade, hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians have voted wit h their feet to escape one of the most ruthless and brutal dictatorships in Africa. According to Ethiopia’s “Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs”, approximately 200,000 women sought employment abroad in 2012, the vast majority of them in the Middle East. Many of these workers believed they were jumping out of the fire of dictatorship in Ethiopia, but found themselves smack in the middle of the Saudi Arabian frying pan. It is no exaggeration to say it is open season on Ethiopian migrant workers and others seeking refuge in Saudi Arabia. Every day this month, Saudi police, security officials, mobs and vigilantes have been hunting Ethiopians in the streets, beating, torturing and in some cases killing them. The Youtube video clips of Saudi police torturing Ethiopians are shocking to the conscience. The video clips of Saudi mobs and vigilantes chasing, attacking and lynching Ethiopians in the streets requires no explanation. The photographic evidence of crimes against humanity committed against Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia today are surreal and beyond civilized comprehension. Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia: Two sides of the same coin Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia are two sides of the same coin. The Saudi and Ethiopian regimes are soul mates. The Saudi regime is infamous for its human rights record; the regime in Ethiopia has an equally atrocious record. The Saudi regime follows a policy of forcible deportation of Ethiopians from its territory using the most inhuman methods. The regime in Ethiopia follows a ghastly policy of forcible internal deportation (“resettlement”) of Ethiopians from one part of their country to another. The Saudi regime persecutes religious minorities; so does the regime in Ethiopia. The Saudi regime widely practices arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture and ill-treatment in their prisons; the regime in Ethiopia has perfected such practices in its prisons. The Saudi regime ended slavery in 1962 and continued to perpetuate it by calling it kafala (sponsored migrant workers who work in slave like conditions). In 2009, Bahrain’s Labour Minister Majeed al-Alawi likened kefala to slavery. The 2013 Global Slavery Index reports that Ethiopia is among the top ten countries that account for three quarters of the world’s slaves with 651,000 people held in bondage. Human Rights Watch in its 2013 World Report described the human rights records of Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia in nearly identical terms: Ethiopian authorities continued to severely restrict basic rights of freedom of expression, association, and assembly in 2012… Human Rights Watch continues to document torture at the federal police investigation center known as Maekelawi in Addis Ababa, as well as at regional detention centers and military barracks in Somali Region, Oromia, and Gambella. The security forces responded to protests by the Muslim community in Oromia and Addis Ababa, the capital, with arbitrary arrests, detentions, and beatings… Federal police used excessive force, including beatings, to disperse largely Muslim protesters opposing the government’s interference with the country’s Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs… The Ethiopian government continues to implement its “villagization” program: the resettlement of 1.5 million rural villagers in five regions of Ethiopia ostensibly to increase their access to basic services. Many villagers in Gambella region have been forcibly displaced, causing considerable hardship… The government is also forcibly displacing indigenous pastoral communities in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley to make way for state-run sugar plantations… In South Omo, around 200,000 indigenous peoples are being relocated and their land expropriatedto make way for state-run sugar plantations… With respect to Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch reports that in 2012 stepped up arrests and trials of peaceful dissidents, and responded with force to demonstrations by citizens… As in past years, thousands of people have received unfair trials or been subject to arbitrary detention… Detainees, including children, commonly face systematic violations of due process and fair trial rights, including arbitrary arrest and torture and ill-treatment in detention… Authorities continue to suppress or fail to protect the rights of 9 million Saudi women and girls and 9 million foreign workers… Some 1.5 million migrant domestic workers remain excluded from the 2005 Labor Law. In years past, Asian embassies reported thousands of complaints from domestic workers forced to work 15 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week, and denied their salaries. Domestic workers, most of them women, frequently endure forced confinement, food deprivation, and severe psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. Saudi Arabia does not tolerate public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam… The chief mufti in March called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula… What “foreign minister” Adhanom said and did not even know he said it The response of the regime in Ethiopia to the horrendous situation of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia simply boggles the mind. Tedros Adhanom, the malaria researcher-turned-instant-foreign-minster and the man being groomed to become prime minister after the 2015 “election”, was befuddled, rambling, incoherent and virtually unintelligible when he spoke before the 3rd International Conference on Family Planning Conference held in Addis Ababa in mid-November. He brimmed with empty promises and hollow reassurances. He was grandiloquent about his readiness to “receive our fellow citizens home” and “global solidarity” : As you know, from Saudi Arabia, you know, although it is just deporting Ethiopians only, we know, it is deporting other citizens… I had the last 10 days, because in family planning, as we have been saying, we care for girls and women. I had calls straight from the camps, from women who are crying for help… We have already received hundreds. We are expecting tens of thousands and I would like to assure you that we are ready to receive our fellow citizens home. I am so saddened and really depressed. That’s why I was not going to actually come here asking Dr. Kesete if he could excuse me because it is almost around the clock crisis management since this issue started. But in the name of global solidarity, even if we are going to deport illegals, we can do it smoothly because this is not war situation. It is maybe accepted when nations are at war to deport like this, in a very rapid fashion, people may understand, but not in peaceful situation. … So I am sorry to start with this, it is something that has been bugging me for some time now. Of course we have been working a lot on long term and short-term solutions for long time in Ethiopia now because there are structural problems that we need to address to solve the problem once and for all. And you know Ethiopia is making progress and growing in double digits, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we know we can make it, and we know we can eliminate poverty. We are in the right direction but still we believe in global solidarity. But we never expected that this would happen. For those who don’t know, I will share you one thing. When Prophet Mohammed was being chased immediately after he started Islam, the great religion, he sent his followers to Ethiopia… … So, sorry I will stop here, but I am glad to share what I feel, to share with you my disappointment, to share with you how the last 10 days have been the most tragic in my life, which we never expected, a complete surprise… It was truly sad to see Ethiopia’s “top diplomat” delivering such an incoherent, disjointed and muddled analysis and explanation about the monstrous crimes being committed against Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia. Foreign policy becomes a cruel joke in the hands (mouth) of a malaria researcher-turned-instant- foreign minister. To the extent anyone can reasonably make out Adhanom’s gobbledygook, the following strands can be discerned: I. Adhanom said the indescribable tragedy of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia has been “bugging him for some time now”; and he is currently “saddened” and “depressed” by the circumstances of the Ethiopian “ women in the (Saudi Arabian) camps crying for help.” That must be the understatement of the century! Perhaps Adhanom does not appreciate nuances in the use of English words, particularly colloquialisms. But as a top diplomat, he cannot be excused for his ignorant misuse of words (unless of course his choice of words and phrasing accurately express his views and feelings). To say what’s happening to the Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia has been “bugging me for some time now” is to say that their situation has been a source of annoyance and minor irritation. It is not a big deal. No top diplomat of any country on earth would react to the absolutely inhuman and barbaric treatment of its citizens in another country by saying the issue has been “bugging him for some time now.” Adhanom may not understand but words mean everything in the diplomatic world. Words are the stock-in-trade of diplomats. Diplomats make the world stop and go by the choice of their words and their use and sometimes-intentional misuse of language. For diplomats, words have artful connotation and denotation. The diplomat’s words are laden with open and hidden messages and encrusted with meaning signaling manifest and latent intentions. Wars have been fought and peace secured over semantics and the grammatical arrangement of words in diplomatic language. Above all, the words of a diplomat carry not only his personal feelings of “sadness” and “depression” but also the ethos (moral disposition), pathos (the depth of suffering) and even the bathos (sentimentality) of their nation. When Adhanom says the situation of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia “has been bugging him for a long time”, he is conveying the most damaging message to the Saudis. He is telling them that the “race hunting” (to borrow a phrase from Ethiopia’s ceremonial prime minster) of Ethiopian migrant workers by Saudi police and vigilantes in the streets of Saudi Arabia is just a tempest in a teapot. It will blow over. The dehumanization and abuse of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia is a big, very big deal. Rush hour traffic “bugs” the hell out of me. Students who come to class without completing the assigned readings “bug” me to no end. What the Saudis are doing to Ethiopians does not “bug” me. It makes my blood boil. I am inflamed at the sight of the inhumanity and barbarity of the Saudi Police. I am outraged by the cruelty and brutality of Saudi mobs and vigilantes. I am shocked and appalled by the depraved indifference of the Saudi regime to the many acts of crimes against humanity committed against Ethiopian migrant workers. I am bitter and enraged about what the Saudi regime is not doing to ensure humane treatment of Ethiopian migrant workers as required by international law. I am outraged that the suffering of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia merely “bugs” Adhanom. In the world of diplomacy, there is time to use soft and conciliatory diplomatic language and time to use strong and confrontational language. It is a great national tragedy that Adhanom does not seem to know the difference! II. Adhanom said what is happening to Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia “may be accepted when nations are at war to deport like this in a very rapid fashion people may understand, but not in peaceful situation.” Adhanom is ignorant of the most elementary principles, rules and conventions of international law. He is clueless that the laws and customs of war prohibit deportation during war time, which are almost always undertaken for purposes of ethnic cleansing. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early 1990s, large numbers of Bosnian Muslims, Croats, Serbs and Bosnians were removed from their traditional homes in a systematic campaign of deportation. That was a war crime. It is not something “people may understand”. The only exception to the prohibition on deportation and forcible transfers during wartime is the evacuation of protected persons on grounds of security of the population or military imperative as defined and circumscribed under Article 49 of the Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (1949). It is also noteworthy that those Ethiopians in the “migrant population” who may seek asylum in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere are protected from deportation (“refoulement”) under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees and Article 3 of the 1984 Torture Convention. It is a great national tragedy that Adhanom is untutored on the most elementary rules and principles of international law. III. Adhanom believes the most urgent problem today in the Ethiopian tragedy in Saudi Arabia is facilitation of their exit out of that country. Stopping the violence, the rape, the murder and torture of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia today is the most urgent, critical, pressing, vital and weighty problem. Adhanom tried to be reassuring by declaring, “Of course we have been working on long-term and short-term solutions for a long time in Ethiopia now because there are structural problems we need to address for once and all.” The long and short-term solutions can wait. The daily abuse, mistreatment, injustice and crimes inflicted by the Saudi police, mobs and vigilantes cannot. What is happening to Ethiopians today in Saudi Arabia is a crises of epic proportions. It is a great national tragedy that Adhanom has no ideas, proposals or solutions to stop the violence immediately. Adhanom said “we never expected that this would happen” to Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia He said the whole thing was “a complete surprise” to him. He also said, “we have been working on long-term and short-term solutions for a long time”. This is not only self-contradictory but also an incredibly deceptive statement, and at best a manifestation of Adhanom’s naivite or ignorance. It is impossible that the situation of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia could be a “complete surprise” to him because by April of 2013 Adhanom and his regime knew of the Saudi regime’s order notifying undocumented foreign workers to legalize their status or return to countries of origin and avoid deportation, imprisonment and prosecution. Adhanom’s regime, by its own admission, knew that there were large numbers of “illegal migrants” in Saudi Arabia. Adhanom was also aware that in July 2013 the Saudi regime had granted a grace period to undocumented workers and extended the effective date of its initial order to November 2013. Yet Adhanom’s regime did nothing to anticipate and plan for reasonably foreseeable events, including the need for potential mass evacuation of its citizens and confrontational actions by the Saudi police and mobs. How is it possible that Adhanom could not reasonably foresee the humanitarian disaster that befell Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia in November 2013? It is obvious that Adhanom is clueless about proactive policy making. He has yet to learn that as the “top diplomat” he has to anticipate and act in advance to prevent and deal with reasonably foreseeable problems and issues. Goethe is right: “There is nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.” What Adhanom did not say or do Adhanom did not say what his regime is doing to stop the violence that is inflicted on Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia even though his regime has “been working on long-term and short-term solutions for a long time”. What is manifest is that Adhanom and his regime are standing by the sidelines twiddling their fingers and scratching their heads as their citizens are hunted down in Saudi streets like wild animals. Not only has Adhanom done nothing to stop the violence, he has not even taken the simplest (symbolic) actions to bring external pressure on the Saudi regime. Here are a few of the things Adhanom did not say or do: Issue a strongly worded statement of condemnation. Adhanom said his regime has “has condemned Saudi Arabia for its brutal crackdown on migrant workers in the kingdom. This is unacceptable. We call on the Saudi government to investigate this issue seriously. We are also happy to take our citizens, who should be treated with dignity while they are there.” “Unacceptable” is the most condemnatory language Adhanom could muster in the face of the monstrous cruelty, unspeakable barbarism and horrendous brutality and criminality of the Saudi regime, its police force and mobs. “Investigation” is the most robust action Adhanom would like to see the Saudi regime take in the face of such horrifying crimes. Adhanom is clueless that “unacceptable” in diplomatic language is a hollow and pointless word used by diplomats to suggest they are saying something when they are saying nothing at all. It is also a word that means everything: “There will be no consequences”. Such is the nature of diplomatic language. A single sentence can convey two mutually exclusive intentions. By telling the Saudi ambassador that what is happening to Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia is “unacceptable”, Adhanom is basically telling him that he is just window dressing the issue until it blows over and they will be able to continue with business as usual. Suffice it to say that “unacceptable” is “a word used by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” and everything! Summon the ambassador of the host country and read him the riot act and demand an immediate stop to the police and vigilante violence. Adhanom summoned the Saudi Arabian ambassador and told him, “Ethiopia would like to express its respect for the decision of the Saudi Authorities and the policy of deporting illegal migrants. At the same time, it condemns the killing of an Ethiopian and mistreatment of its citizens residing in Saudi Arabia.” How servile and bootlicking can one become?! No country on earth that cares for its citizens would say it “respects” the policy of another state that victimizes its citizens. Adhanom is clueless that the issue is not about Saudi sovereignty over its territory or implementation of its immigration policy; it is about the Saudi regime’s actions and lack of actions that have made possible commission of crimes against humanity against large numbers of Ethiopian migrant workers. Moreover, neither Adhanom nor his foreign ministry have publicly indicated that a diplomatic protest has been lodged with the Saudi foreign ministry. A “letter of protest” or “diplomatic note” is often presented by one state’s foreign ministry to another unapologetically taking a stand against the foreign government’s policy deemed offensive. A letter of protest would never use the word “unacceptable”. It would minimally mention something about “serious consequences” and “damaging relations” if things are not improved. Adhanom should make public the letter of protest he lodged with the Saudis, assuming he has done so. Seek a resolution from the African Union condemning the human rights abuses of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia. Hailemariam Desalegn, the ceremonial prime minster of Ethiopia and the man keeping the seat warm for Adhanom until the 2015 “election”, is the current rotational chairman of the African Union. Hailemariam went through hell and high water trying to mobilize the African Union to stop the “race hunting” of African leaders by the International Criminal Court and engineer the withdrawal of African countries from the Rome Statute. When hundreds of thousands of his citizens are being “race hunted” in the streets of Saudi Arabia by police, mobs and vigilantes, he says nothing, does nothing. (By the way, where the hell is “prime minister” Hailemariam? Has anyone heard him talk about the “race hunting” of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia?) Notify the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to immediately begin an investigation. The UNHCR is mandated by the United Nations to “lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems.” It has investigative powers to look into the abuse and mistreatment of refugees. Adhanom did not say he has requested a UNHCR investigation, and there is no evidence he has made such a request. Moreover, the UNHCR has the logistical capability to help move migrant workers from conflict zones. For instance, in 2011 when violent anti-government protests erupted in Libya, the UNHCR facilitated the exit of tens of thousands of migrant workers into neighboring countries. Lodge a complaint and request an investigation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Among the core purposes of the OHCHR is to “respond to serious violations of human rights” and “undertaking of preventive human rights actions”. Instead of asking the Saudi regime to initiate an investigation, Adhanom should have requested an investigation and intervention by the OHCHR and UNHRC. Allow Ethiopians citizens to peacefully protest in front of the Saudi Embassy. The people of Ethiopia are humiliated and shamed by the crimes committed and continue to be committed against their brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia. Adhanom spoke of the Prophet Mohamed sending his followers to Ethiopia to seek refuge. It is true Ethiopia was once hallowed ground where people sought refuge, comfort and assistance. Nelson Mandela and other African National Congress leaders came to Ethiopia in 1962 to receive training. Mandela was given an Ethiopian passport by order of H.I.M. Haile Selassie so he could travel throughout the world freely. Ethiopians were once respected and honored the world over. Today, they are victimized and enslaved. They are beaten and jailed when they speak their minds. When they went to protest in front of the Saudi Embassy in Addis Ababa, they were treated in the same way as the Saudi police treated the Ethiopians in that country. They were humiliated, beaten mercilessly and arrested. The spokesman for the regime, Shimelis Kemal, said the regime had to take action against the peaceful demonstrators because “many of the demonstrators carried anti-Arab messages that sought to distort strong relations between Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia.” I guess no one can get in the middle of a tiff between soul mates. Let Adhanom and his regime take note: “Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury.” No special task force assembled to deal with the emergency. When a crisis of the type facing Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia occurs, any regime that cares for its citizens will institute an emergency task force to coordinate the response. Civil society groups would be mobilized to help in the re-absorption of the returning migrant workers. International humanitarian organizations would be contacted to lend assistance. Adhanom and his regime are calculating that the situation of the Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia shall soon pass and they will continue business as usual handing over many more millions of hectares of land to Saudi investors. What Adhanom will say Adhanom and his regime have issued public assurances that they have set aside 50 million birr to repatriate and rehabilitate the returnees from Saudi Arabia. That is a drop in the bucket. That’s barely USD$2 million. There is no way they can transport, transition and relocate 200 thousand or so returnees on a measly $USD2 million. There is also no evidence that the regime has that kind of money to spare for the particular task. According to the July 2013 International Monetary Fund Staff Mission Statement, Ethiopia has foreign exchange reserves to barely cover 3 months of imports. It is inevitable that Adhanom and his regime will soon be out in the international diplomatic streets with their begging bowls asking for aid to bring back the returnees and relocate them. Of course, they will have established their own non-profit organizations in advance to suck up any aid money that will be provided. Adhanom will be panhandling, “We need money, more money, mo’ money for our migrant workers coming from Saudi Arabia.” His flunkies will be all over the Diaspora panhandling for nickels and dimes just as they have done to “build” the Great Nile Dam or whether it is they call it. It will be a windfall for the regime’s NGOs. They are rubbing their palms and drooling at the prospects of millions of dollars in handout. Not so fast; they will probably not get much in handouts. That’s why I would not be surprised to see them standing in the streets of Saudi Arabia stretching out their hands and soliciting alms, “baksheesh, baba! baksheesh!” I cry for our Ethiopia, the beloved country, but “there is a light at the end of the tunnel” Adhanom said “there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we know we can make it, and we know we can eliminate poverty.” I say there is a light at the end of the tunnel of tyranny and dictatorship in Ethiopia. There is a new day on the horizon. We must hold on, hold hands together and march straight out of the tunnel of two decades plus of oppression and denial of basic human rights. Those who have read my analysis of the dire situation of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia might say I am too legalistic and overly analytical. They may even accuse me of “over-intellectualizing ” a great human tragedy. They may say that because they don’t know how much I despair and cry for our beloved Ethiopia. In 1948, the same year Apartheid became law in South Africa, Alan Paton wrote in “Cry, the Beloved Country”, and expressed the deep despair he felt over the fate of South Africa. My own deep despair over the fate of Ethiopia parallels Paton’s. Cry for the broken tribe, for the law and the custom that is gone. Aye, and cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved. Cry, the beloved country, these things are not yet at an end. The sun pours down on the earth, on the lovely land that man cannot enjoy. He knows only the fear of his heart.” I cry for the “broken tribe” of Ethiopia. I cry in silence for our brothers and sisters who are held in subhuman bondage in Saudi Arabia. I cry for our sisters who are raped, beaten and thrown out of windows to their deaths and hanged from ceiling and tree tops and scalded with hot water all over the Middle East. I cry for the young man whose head was sliced open by a Saudi thug. I cry for those young men and women who feel compelled to leave their country because they do not feel free; they do not feel they have rights. I cry for those Ethiopians who died crossing the deserts of Yemen and Saudi Arabia seeking to improve their lives. I cry for those precious young ladies who take daily flights on Ethiopian Airlines into the Saudi Arabian Hell. I cry for those young men and women, father and mothers who were murdered in cold blood in the streets in Ethiopia after the 2005 election. I cry for my sister Reeyot Alemu and for my brothers Eskinder Nega, Andualem Aragie, Woubshet Taye, Bekele Gerba, Abubekar Ahmed and the many thousands of Ethiopian political prisoners. I cry for Ethiopians who suffer under the heavy boots of corrupt thugs and empty suits who pretend to be leaders. Yes, I cry and cry and “trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries.” I cry for our beloved Ethiopia. But our cries shall not go unheard. South Africa emerged from the tunnel of apartheid tyranny; and Mandela promised, “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.” Ethiopians shall soon regain their dignity and honor at home and abroad. They shall no longer be the “skunks of the world”; and deep in my heart I do believe Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God and we shall rejoice and cry no more! Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam teaches political science at California State University, San Bernardino and is a practicing defense lawyer. References 1. http://www.theholybible.com, The holy bible 2. http://www.encyclopediabritannica.com, Encyclopedia Britannica 3. http://www.humanrights.org 4.

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