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AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia is seeking to safeguard its migrant workers from abuses in the Middle East through a new law, a government official has said. The legislation hopes to protect Ethiopian migrants who suffer from mental and physical violations in the Middle East, the director of communication at the Labour and Social Affairs ministry Mr Girma Sheleme said.
AFRICANGLOBE - Gulf states' riches have been built on oil, credit and exploited migrant labour. Increasingly, these workers are African. Nowhere is the status of Africans migrants more tragically and clearly expressed than in the fact that while Gulf states' may be happy to employ them as their new proletariat, they can just as happily get rid of them at a moment's notice.
AFRICANGLOBE - Saudi security forces on Saturday clashed with thousands of African migrant workers protesting a new labor law. Two people were killed and nearly 70 others injured after police opened fire to disperse protesters in the capital Riyadh. More than 500 protesters were also detained.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopian communities in the Middle East have formed a union to fight the abuse and suffering of Ethiopian migrant workers in the region.
AFRICANGLOBE - The director of Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv announced Monday that entry to the hospital will be denied to Africans. Husbands of women in labor or parents of children that are hospitalized will only be granted entry as long as they are wearing identification tags.
The de facto authorities in Tripoli, the National Transitional Council (NTC), should stop the arbitrary arrests and abuse of African migrant workers and black Libyans falsely assumed to be mercenaries, Human Rights Watch said today.