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Ethiopia halts issuing work visas to Saudi Arabia


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

July 25, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) -The Ethiopian government has suspended issuing work visas to business migrants from Saudi Arabia, according to a source from the Ethiopian ministry of labour and social affairs.

The decision follows Saudi Arabia’s ban last week on domestic labourers from Ethiopia, forcing tens of thousands of undocumented Ethiopian workers to leave the kingdom.

The Ethiopian official, who is not authorised to speak to the media, told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that Ethiopian authorities had revoked up to 35,000 work visas for housemaids destined for work in Saudi Arabia.

The official said the Ethiopian ban on Saudis will remain in place permanently unless a new labour agreement that respects the rights of migrating workers is reached between the two countries.

The move is also part of Ethiopia’s efforts to prevent abuses of its nationals and control illegal recruitment by agents.

If Ethiopia insists on freezing work visas that it had already issued, the money which had already been spent by Saudi nationals to process workers’ travel costs will have to be refunded.

Under new labour laws recently introduced, Saudi Arabia has deported at least 200,000 foreign immigrants since April.

Earlier this month, Saudi authorities granted some 40,000 Ethiopians a three-month extension to legalise their status or face expulsion.

The newly-introduced labour laws aims to cut jobs occupied by foreign workers and create jobs for millions of unemployed Saudi citizens.

Thousands of Ethiopian domestic workers flood the oil wealthy nation seeking lucrative jobs, although most are subjected to inhuman treatment, with some taking their own lives as a result.

Mulunesh Alemayo, 44, who was herself a victim of such abuses in Saudi Arabia, has established a centre to help women who have returned home with mental illness as a result of the treatment they received by their employers.

At her rehab centre in Addis Ababa, Alemayo helps young Ethiopian women aged between 18 and 29 to recover from depression and other types of trauma.

Alemayo told Sudan Tribune that she finds most of the patients upon arrival at Addis Ababa airport.

According to her, victims suffer rape, burns and other forms of torture from their employers.

She said most of the victims don’t have relatives and that those who have prefer not to speak about their experiences.

She recommends workers be given legal labour agreements to guarantee their pay, conditions and rights before they leave for work overseas.


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  • 26 July 2013 06:51, by ForAll

    Saudi Arabia must understand that our beloved true Muslim BILAL was from Ethiopia.
    Saudi Arabia must comply with the Holy QUR’AN
    Saudi Arabia must comply with ILO regulations
    Saudi Arabia must comply with UDHR rules
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  • 26 July 2013 06:52, by ForAll

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  • 26 July 2013 07:53, by Marco Bul

    Bravo! Ethiopia.I wish the same thing is done to foreigners in both Sudan N S.Sudan.

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  • 26 July 2013 14:01, by Native Boy

    Ooohhhhhhhhhhh My God!!!!!!!!!!
    I thought the world is easy especially in holy and religious countries bcos they alway fear Allah to do inhuman practices to there fellow beings created by God/Allah moreover there is hypocracy all over the globe.
    Plse our fellow africans, come home and start appreciating ur self as well as ur country as a true son/daughter of Africa. One day we shall be like them.

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    People with chimpanzees characters will never display any civilized features. Jungles will always remain jungles no matter how you educate them. Leave the primitive Arabs in the country. The only civilization they know this animist Islamic religion. Civilization is mental not physical. No matter the quality of lives they live, they are still jungles in thinking.

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  • 26 July 2013 21:18, by ForAll

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