Ethiopia has not done enough to curb violence against Ethiopian migrants, says HRW

Photo credit : AFP via HRW

August 15, 2019

Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Thursday regarding the abuse of Ethiopian migrants abused in the migration route.

In a report entitled “Ethiopians Abused on Gulf Migration Route: Trafficking, Exploitation, Torture, Abusive Prison Conditions,” Ethiopian migrants who cross the Red Sea or the Gulf of Aden experience torture and exploitation.  

HRW also made claims that Ethiopian migrants also experience “abusive prison conditions in Saudi Arabia before being summarily forcibly deported back to Addis Ababa.”

On the other hand, the rights organization stated that the Ethiopian government is not doing enough to “curb violence” that migrants face.

Yemen and Saudi Arabia authorities are also criticized on the same grounds.  Felix Horne, who is a senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, said that  “Many Ethiopians who hoped for a better life in Saudi Arabia face unspeakable dangers along the journey, including death at sea, torture, and all manners of abuses,”  as quoted in HRW report.

The Human Rights Watch report is mainly based on research conducted in Addis Ababa.

Among other things, HRW interviewed 12 Ethiopians who were deported from Saudi Arabia.

The full report is available HERE.

Cover photo credit AFP via HRW

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