Saudi Arabia may be the land of two Holy Mosques, but its human rights record is dismal
On the evening of October 04, while clearing the social media notifications on my phone, I found a thumb stopper tweet from Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Council (HRC) that reports directly to Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia.
Here’s what Saudi Arabia’s detention camps look like, the one’s that migrants refer to as ‘hell’ pic.twitter.com/KwAIOfs6Fc
— Ömer Kablan (@Kablano) October 4, 2020
The tweet read – #SaudiArabia is committed to strengthening #WorkersRights.
Coincidentally, that same morning, I had received two video messages on my phone, sent by one of my sources, exposing how documented and undocumented migrant workers are locked up in a hellish deportation centre at Al Kharj area in Riyadh.
'We are detained in a very inhumane condition.' Ethiopian migrants speak out from filthy, crowded cells in Saudi Arabia. https://t.co/EFmo1v77pa
— AP Africa (@AP_Africa) October 2, 2020
One of the videos starts with showing migrant workers lying in front of an overflowing toilet, under the washbasin, on untidy blankets and cardboard, near a food waste heap.
Then the camera moves to the windowless hall, where around 250 migrant workers are sitting and lying on the floor without even having space to stretch their hands or legs.
Saudi Arabia: thousands of Ethiopian migrants held in ‘hellish’ conditions – new investigation https://t.co/OAQQEODbKc
— Ayyaantuu Oromiyaa (@ayyaantuu) October 2, 2020
The room, which is about 250 square metres in area, is meant to house only 80 inmates at maximum capacity.
But in every room, 250 to 300 migrant workers are housed, a 54-year-old Indian migrant engineer who has lived in one of the cells for four months in the centre, told The Lede.
There are 52 such cells in the deportation centre. read more…