20 September, 2021

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Rizana Executed: Rajapaksa Bears Full Responsibility For This Death

By AHRC

According to reports received, the Government of Saudi Arabia has executed Ms. Rizana Nafeek (1988 – 9 January 2013) today. The embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh has confirmed this report.

demonstrator holds an image of Rizana Fathima Nafeek during a protest in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on July 8, 2011 Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to categorically state, that the singular responsibility for this innocent young Sri Lankan woman’s death is upon the President of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. His office and the government led by him shamelessly neglected the life of this innocent Sri Lankan woman, who remained incarcerated aboard since May 2005. At the time when she was charged with the alleged crime, Rizana was only 17 years of age, and was soon sentenced to death by a Saudi court, in proceedings that the court held of which Rizana had no informed consent. The Government of Sri Lanka or the office of the President did nothing to save Rizana’s life, despite calls for assistance from Rizana’s family and from the global civil society. Passing off as concerns, the Government of Sri Lanka did nothing, except issuing valueless statements relating to this case. (photo: Rizana’s family in Sri Lanka)

All Sri Lankans should regard today as a day of shame.

Due to efforts by the AHRC, an appeal was filed and Rizana’s execution stayed this far. Despite calls for help President Rajapaksha’s government refused to pay at least the lawyers’ fee for filing the appeal.

The law relating to forced confession in Saudi Arabia is criminally wrong. The AHRC had alerted the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights about this matter repeatedly. However even the High Commissioner failed to make an effective intervention to save the life of this innocent woman.

There is no doubt that the charge of murder against Rizana is wrong. The laws in Saudi Arabia falls short of universally accepted norms concerning investigation of crimes, most importantly in this case the failure to conduct of an autopsy upon the body of the deceased person, alleged to have been murdered by Rizana. None of the fair trial guarantees were observed when Rizana was tried in the Saudi court.

All Sri Lankans and virtually thousands of people across the globe who intervened trying to save Rizana must have received the news of her execution with shock. An estimated 1.8 million Sri Lankans currently work aboard, of which 45 per cent are women.

The AHRC expresses its deepest condolences to Rizana’s family at this time of grief and shock. Despite the family doing their best to save Rizana’s life, they received no support from their government to save Rizana

So long as there is a government that does not show any care for the rights of its people, similar tragedies will be repeated in Sri Lanka.

A dossier on Rizana prepared by the AHRC could be viewed at here

Related stories;

GOSL Has Failed To Provide The Lawyer’s Fees For Rizana Nafeek Death Sentence Appeal

The Imminent Danger Of The Execution Of Rizana Nafeek

 

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    A very sad day for Sri Lanka. My heartfelt sympathies for the family of poor Rizana. .Whatt a barbaric criminal justice system practiced by this savage Bedouin state.a system loaded against poor semi-literates from impoverished third world countries such as ours, providing slave labour so that the rulers and the fat cats around them can splurge the foreign exchange earned on their lavish vulgar iife style

    If we as a nation still possess some self respect there must be a concerted effort at least by women’s organizations and civil society not to forget the sacrifice of this young girl and to keep alive her memory and image as a symbol of the violence and cruelty inflicted on women.

    May Rizana find the Peace and Rest in death that was denied to her in life, both in Sri Lanka and Arabia

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    I am the Manel who blogged yesterday beginning: “Now that this crime of judicial murder has finally been committed”. I always give my full name when i blog and I must have been too distraught yesterday to write my surname. Please insert it somehow into my long cry of anger. I dont understand how my blogg got thru without my full name. Let me repeat my last words there: “Everything about this case should be brought to light and we should change our laws and regulations and employment policies and vision to prevent such a horrendous crime from every happening again.” And I will always believe that even in the face of a judicial system very different from our own, if a concerted effort had been made by our government, including consultation with Muslim lawyers here who are conversant with Sha’aria law, as well as the mores of Saudi Arabia, Rizana might have been out of prison years ago and alive. I for one had dreams of persuading her to study law to help her own people. MANEL FONSEKA

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    Not only Rauff Hakim, but what about Rishard Badurdeen and Ministers from the Western and Eastern Provinces. These Ministers are frequent visitors to the Middle-East countries. And what about Muslims in the Foreign Service and the Islamic Organizations in Sri Lanka, especially the one at Kathankudy where Sharia laws are reported to be implemented. The Muslims Agent who had send her. Has anyone raised their voice for this poor Muslim village girl. Mention should be made that hundreds of dead bodies (mainly Muslims) were flown from Middle-East countries prior to 2005 (this cannot be denied), but action was never taken not to send anymore housemaids abroad, because of the commission they receive. It is only the Sinhalese and Tamils as well as the Human Rights Organizations who had condemned such barbaric punishment. When some incidents happen in Sri Lanka they make it an issue, but maintain silence when it happens to a Sri Lanka Muslim in a Islamic country. Similarly, when the Western countries attack the Talibans for restoring democracy, Muslims staged protests against the Western countries after their prayers. For example, when Pottu Nauffer was arrested after he shot dead the Colombo High Court, number of unknown characters were all out to save him, despite he being a drug king. Even on the issue of impeachment of CJ, these Muslim politicians remained silent and especially Rauff Hakim never uttered about the irregularities adapted at the PSC hearing. I have my suspicion whether these Muslims belong to Al-Jihad as they do not behave as Sri Lankans.

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    We are isolated in international community. No single country was willing to support release Rizana. Basically because of human right violations and weak international relationship/policies of the country. This proven total collapse of foreign employment buero.

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    The strongly emotional underpinning of most of the comments is understandable. But among some that are vituperative and vengeful (again naturally) are many truths. In this whole case, many lessons are buried. I believe a huge part of the blame must rest on our Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice. Unfortunately, both are established, unprincipled, hypocritical incompetents from whom nothing could have been expected. A sensible approach should have been the question of how justice is dispensed in Saudi Arabia with reference to the legal aberrations in comparison to established International and moral and ethical codes that prompt different approaches. Lack of aq revealing post-mortem for instance – a very crucial lapse! The merciful nature of Islamic teachings may also have helped. Problems of communication faced by this poor young girl should have been highlighted. These two Ministers have neglected their moral and professional duty in not advising their President and subordinates correctly. Their shame and disgrace cannot be adequately expressed. Only the thickness of their skins, the flexibility of th3eir consciences and greed for the filthy rewards of office can explain their despicable conduct. As for the President, his ignorance of Diplomacy, Law and his naive expectations are clear. His “Ape Ekkana” approach is devoid of intelligence. To say, “thank you for supporting us in Geneva and because we are therefore buddies, please tell your King to release this girl” is downright asinine! And this too from a man, who quite contrary to his Constitutional rights of Office, pardoned two convicted murderesses – insultingly, on International Women’s Day! What was their crime? To have murdered the mistress of a Minister – by the lawful wife. And who was the Minister? The Minister of Christian Affairs – which I believe he still is! I ask you, will the appeals of a person of such conduct, get anything like half a hearing from an Arab King?
    The Job Agent who fudged this poor girl’s papers to dishonestly claim her adulthood, will go free! What about the lofty Bureau of Foreign Employment – probably chock full of incompetent Political hacks – will sure not be brought to account.
    This Nation and its representatives have failed. I am deeply ashamed and grieved – but this is our Miracle of Asia! How about you, the reader?

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    Jayantha, Well said!… And their children driving Lamborghini and seaplanes for visits in the country. But not able to pay for Rizana’s lawyer fees.

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    Why do so many Sri Lankan women end up in the Gulf as slaves?

    The awful economic situation in the country and corruption has caused unemployment and extreme poverty among a large part of the population forcing our poor young women to seek employment in the Middle East.

    Today, the economy (earnings) of our country depends mainly on this slave trade, exporting the Sri Lankan women as Nannies, House Maids and Cleaners to the Arab world, selling them for just two hundred US dollars a month, to be exploited, abused, raped and humiliated. Back home, their families are left in shambles, children go astray.

    More than 12 lakhs (12,000,000) Sri Lankan women (80 % of them Sinhalese) now work in the Middle East (800,000 in Saudi Arabia alone) as house maids, cleaners and nannies, some of them working 18 hours a day for a mere salary of US$ 200 per month.

    In Saudi Arabia, the most common destination, they call Sri Lanka as “the Country of Housemaids.” The Kuwaitis have gone to the extent of saying that “the Sri Lankan women are born to serve us as nannies and maids.”

    If you happen to visit the major cities in the Middle East such as Dubai, Riyadh, Doha, and so on, it can be noticed that in most of the public institutions such as the Airports, Hospitals, etc which are used by multi nationals from all over the world, the toilets and floors are cleaned by none other than the Sri Lankan women.

    Also, if you go to the big hypermarkets or shopping malls in the gulf countries, most of the cashiers and sales girls are either Philippines, Indians or others where as the floor/toilet cleaners are, only Sri Lankan women.

    15 to 20 percent of the Sri Lankan women who leave each year for the gulf return prematurely, face abuse or nonpayment of salary, or get drawn into illicit people trafficking schemes or prostitution. Hundreds of housemaids have become pregnant, often after rapes, producing children who, until Sri Lanka’s Constitution was recently amended, were stateless because their fathers were foreigners. More than 100 women come home dead each year.

    This slave trade, exporting the poor Sri Lankan women to the Arab world are more lucrative and a highly profitable business for the job agents/politicians in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan foreign employment bureau also earns millions on insurance. The poor women are harassed at the airport if they had not paid the insurance fee to the government. These women are one of the top foreign exchange earners for the country but the country/government has done nothing to them.
    It is very pathetic but, the Government, politicians and the so-called ‘elites’ who happily sit in luxury, do not care a damn about our poor women who are being pushed into slavery in the Middle East.

    It is high time that this practice of exporting our women as slaves should be stopped. We should follow our neighboring countries like India, Bangladesh, etc who have banned this kind of slavery long time ago.

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    Rohan, on January 9 at 8,31 pm asked: “Can someone shed more light on exactly how that baby girl died?” Yes, I think this can be done. I came across a diagnosis suggested by a Swedish doctor which — even now though it is too late — I hope someone will use to help clear Rizana’s name, if, indeed, there really is any need to do so. For many who followed her case from at least mid 2006 few believed anyway that the bay’s death was anything other than accidental. No motive was ever adduced either. Now, after all these years, the baby’s mother has come out giving revenge as a motive! She says the baby was killed because she scolded Rizana! Then maybe a plea of temporary insanity should have been filed by the lawyer who was finally taken on to fight her case. But this is a new claim, by Mrs Al Otaibi, utterly out of the blue.
    Rohan, this is such a tragic case that many of us who tried to relate to it and tried to do something, anything — all too little — to save this child are now shattered, too tired and grieved to respond as we should. But much will be written in time.

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    After putting the snake in your pocket, you cannot complain that it is biting. After exporting our women as slaves, we cannot blame those countries for abusing our women.

    It is a shame that Sri Lankan society has to depend on foreign exchange earned by the pathetic slavery of our poor women in the Middle East. Can the Sri Lankan Government boast of increased earnings of foreign exchange generated by such slave trade?

    The following link says stop abusing our women. Why cannot we put up a web page saying stop exporting our women to the middle east as slaves?

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Abusing-Sri-lankan-House-Maids-and-Workers-in-Middle-East/302067586564229

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    RIZANA, LIVED THROUGH A WAR AND SURVIVED THE TSUNAMI.
    HER ABJECT POVERTY DROVE HER TO SAUDI TO WORK AS A HOUSEMAID
    TO HELP HER FAMILY BACK HOME,BUT WITHIN DAYS OF HER ARRIVAL
    SHE IS ALLEGED TO HAVE KILLED A BABY WHILE BOTTLE FEEDING.
    WHY WOULD ANYONE KILL A BABY IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES`MENTIONED UNLESS
    SHE WAS ‘INSANE’,IN WHICH CASE SHE IS NOT GUILTY UNDER SHARIAH.
    THE DAY OF HER EXECUTION IT IS ANOTHER STORY; SHE IS SAID TO HAVE SMOTHERED THE CHILD FOLLOWING AN ARGUMENT WITH THE MOTHER.
    SHE WAS CONVICTED ON A CONFESSION OBTAINED UNDER DURESS,ACCORDING TO
    EMBASSY OFFICIALS HER CONFESSION WAS TRANSLATED BY A KERALITE.
    WHAT WERE OUR “DIPLOMUTTS” DOING. THERE ARE LABOUR OFFICERS IN
    MID-EAST COUNTRIES WHO ARE GOVT. STOOGES WHO DO NOT KNOW THE LAW OF THE LAND.FROM THE TIME OF HER CONVICTION WE HAVE HAD MANY MINISTERS
    AND OTHERS GOING TO SAUDI TO SEEK CLEMENCY. WE WERE BEING FOOLED ALL
    THE TIME THAT OUR PRESIDENT HAS DELAYED THE EXECUTION. “PLAIN POPPYCOCK”. IF WE ARE TO BELIEVE THAT OUR PRESIDENT CALLED KING ABDULLAH AND HE PICKED UP THE PHONE, WE ARE STUPID IDIOTS.
    OUR POLITICIANS WERE ALL TRYING TO USE THIS CASE TO GAIN POLITICAL MILEAGE.ALL OUR MUSLIM POLITICIANS ARE SET OF POWER HUNGRY GOOD FOR
    NOTHING BUGGERS AS HAS BEEN PROVED.

    HOW CAN OUR “KING” DEMAND JUSTICE FOR A POOR MUSLIM GIRL FROM THE EAST
    WHEN HE CANNOT METE OUT JUSTICE TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE ?????

    OUR GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF RIZANA.

    SHE HAS PAID THE PRICE WITH HER LIFE FOR THE “FROLICS” OF THE
    RUHUNU GANG.

    MAY I ASK WHAT IS HAPPENING TO KOLONNAWA AND KELANIYA KILLERS?

    WHEN THE PRESIDENT CANNOT CONTROL HIS “GOONS” AND RISING TIDE OF CRIME IN THIS COUNTRY, HOW CAN HE TALK OF JUSTICE TO OTHERS.

    BEYOND MOURNING FOR RIZANA, WHAT WE CAN DO IS TO “FLUSH OUT THE
    SHIT ON OUR THRESHOLD” BRING ABOUT CHANGE. “SUBHA ANAGATHEYAK”

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    I am searching for a comment from at least one man/woman who has gone to the Middle East to earn some money to fend for their family back home. Their honest comments/suggestions are pertinent to the debate

    None of the above fit that category, though they are all talking on their behalf, and make good suggestions, without showing how the people we will stop going to these countries are shown hope of success in their own land, under the current prospects and leadership.

    If not for this safety valve, which has helped win the war from their money, helped keep the Govt. in power, disenfranchised 2M Sri Lankans working abroad, we would be all eating grass.

    We MUST have a plan to develop our human resources potential into productive citizens in OUR country, so that they can generate the income from within, rather than have to go out to do so.

    We should therefore take steps to educate our people from ignorance, empower them with skills, provide them with employment opportunities cognizent with their abilities or help them go overseas for short periods to countries that provide basic justice to our citizens under proper labor laws and fair treatment. We can then call ourselves a civilized society. Those who go overseas will bring back a true worth of their value, not the exploited scraps thrown them as is done now.

    Until then we along with the Saudis are just barbaric states. One exploiting our people for work, the other exploiting them again for their personal (govt’s) gain. These doubly exploited people are not appreciated rewarded or recognized when they return battered and broken.

    Of course there are those whose lives are better in their overseas assignments and let us not forget those who leave abusive/alcoholic homes for better treatment by their employers. It is true there are some good people out their too amongst the exploiting employers. It is a crap shoot, a turn of the roulette some get lucky many lose their shirt.

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    But WHY sweet God WHY ? I am so sad . May you attain Nibbana. And may be if we as sri lankans build a house for her poor family and take care of her little siblings she will feel happy being where ever she is. Is there any body with enough empathy and leadership to organize that out there? If you do that there will thousands to contribute. Rizana i see you cut out in all the stars in the sky may u rest in peace.

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      Yes, now she is beheaded. Nothing can help bring her back live.

      And your thoughts are the greatest actually. I would also like to contribute a sum if anyone would make all arrangements them the family with the most needs. We have to help that poor family so that the dead young girl could feel – that her sacrifice at least helped with the survival of the family.

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    This is the time to initiate a ban on export of women to
    Saudi Arabia.Simple.

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      whywhy says;

      “This is the time to initiate a ban on export of women to
      Saudi Arabia”

      How do you propose to feed and clothe their family?

      How do you propose to earn foreign exchange which is needed to import luxury items from foreigners for wealthy and not so wealthy?

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        Native,don’t worry we’ll be back in Amude,Kos with pol
        and Carts with bulls.No major imports of anything, that
        includes even petrol.We are a 3000 yrs old prouder
        nation and only recently we found out that dish washing
        and toilet cleaning can add to our thousands of yrs old
        pride but but this beheading,at any rate we won’t let it
        go.Wait and see the stunts of our SLMC,Alevi,Fouzi,Azad
        sally and Wimal,Mervyn,Dilan,jonstan and Gota and even
        BBS.Be on the watch out Native,don’t you know that our
        Amba is already on his way back?

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          whywhy

          If you want to go on a reverse civilisation, I am with you all the way to the point where there was no Kallathonies on a land grabbing mission.

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            Thank you for your approval.But not to the point where
            you lot gave up your land to Kallathonis for your own
            benefit of making them your customers of honey and
            venison.Stay out of sight of COLUMBUS Native.

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    There has to be a fall guy, Rajapakse style and now the ambassador is called back!

    Rajapakse will not take any responsibility! He will replace one fall guy after another. There are many suckers who are waiting to get appointments and would make enough money till getting kicked out! Some have strong sucking pads and would stick on by hook or by crook!

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      So RM did not kick the arab embassador out but just recalled his man??
      What a spineless prick getting sucked to animals.

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    Dear Mr and Mrs Utaibi,

    Do you know that according to Islamic Shariah Law it is forbidden to bring a female domestic aide to your country without a MAHRAM (husband or father, brother, son etc.someone she cannot marry)accompanying her and staying with her for the duration of her entire contract? You know why? Because our Prophet, not your Saudi government, has given us very clear instructions…

    “No woman should travel except with a mahram.” A man stood up and said, “O Messenger of Allah, my wife has set out for Hajj, and I have signed up for such-and-such a military campaign.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Go and do Hajj with your wife.”

    “A woman who believes in Allah and the Hereafter shall not travel for (a period of) a day and a night unless accompanied by a mahram of hers.” (Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim)

    Mr and Mrs Utaibi do you realize that you have gone against the prohibition of the Prophet by making all the arrangements to bring a innocent girl all the way from Sri Lanka without being accompanied by her father or brother? I wonder what Shariah Law does your Saudi government boast and brag about upholding and implementing. You have one law for expats and another for the Saudis. Definitely not Islamic but barbaric.

    Oh, by the way, this is what late Islamic Scholar Sheikh Uthaimeen from Saudi Arabia had to say when he was asked about bring female workers from abroad..

    “The female servant should have a mahram with her, because it is not permissible to bring her to the country otherwise. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “No woman should travel without a mahram.” If a woman is brought in and has no mahram with her, this is going against the prohibition of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).”As’ilat al-Baab al-Maftooh, no. 619

    Poor Mr and Mrs. Utaibi, you and your murderous Saudi government have a lot answer. You not only killed your own child (criminally negligent homicide) but also murdered an innocent girl whose blood still cries from the ground. We will pray for justice. Someday when you meet Rizana, I am sure she will forgive you! I guess you didn’t have time to think, ponder and reflect upon the following verse of the Quraan….

    “And We have not created the heavens and earth and that between them except in truth. And indeed, the Hour is coming; SO FORGIVE WITH GRACIOUS FORGIVENESS.” QURAAN 15:85

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    The little girl was beheaded in a part of the world that insists in remaining in the stone age. The executioner recites his due verses as it is done when the blood of the goat/cow is cut off – so that the blood is seen to flow. The recitation is to absolve the executioner for the good deed done – in the interest of King and religion. The other option was the equally barbaric stoning to death. And we are told we must not be critical of these neanderthal acts in a religion that is, above all other religions, “compassionate and most merciful”

    And, predictably, the regime – to vent off the heat – has recalled our Ambassador there Ahmed Aflal Jawad, who almost did not even remove his suit from the time he took over recently.

    Rauf Hakeem emerges, at last, and issues a statement apportioning part blame on the President and the Attorney General for the Saudi’s slight.
    Not much is acknowledged of his own impotency in the saga.
    The Nafeeks in Muttur are understandably distraught wondering to whom they should have effectively canvassed to save the young life of their precious daughter – the head of their religion, the head of the country or the head of their political aspirations. The lives of the Nafeeks will never be the same again. Muslims, Sinhalese, Tamils and others find unison in sincerely grieving the loss of one of their own.

    Senguttuvan

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    Correction – the head. Not the blood.

    Senguttuvan

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    Stopping our young women from going to the unsympathetic Middle East is not the answer. The solution is negotiating for more humane terms,
    working hours, a day off for the week, civilised working conditions and remuneration in the region of US$350-500 per month. Years ago, in a Committee that I was in I suggested to the Minister to arrange with
    India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Phillipines and form a cartel
    to get these terms. Almost the entire supply of labour needed to run these Arab homes come from these countries. The truth is without the domestic help from these countries this the home comforts of these so called noueve riche oil-rich societies will collapse in sheer confusion. After all, the analogy is man does not live by “bread” alone.

    Will Dilan Perera or whoever show their effectiveness in doing something for the poor workers in our country with some decent function such as this. This will also go to convince a disappointed people there are Ministers who can show for the record a good day’s deed done.

    Senguttuvan

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      Sengu:”The solution is negotiating for more humane terms,
      working hours, a day off for the week,..” You yourself will be like any other Indian or pakistani operating in the middle east- copying and running slave labour- guarantee.
      You are in cuckoo land dreaming that it is possible to even force an aggressive culture to follow international Labour laws. Saudi is not Germany the very best for generous laborer. UK forces have been naming and shaming the companies but life goes on because there is a ready supply. Even the richer north of the EU is having major problems with native youth unemployment and training because of the influx of the cheap southern and eastern EU nations and on top of that Asian businesses bringing in workers who work 7 days a week on student visas. Just today Saudi government officials were interviewed for ½ hour on BBC and this is what they had to say- We are doing everything possible to minimize the foreign workers in land because our welfare bill is rising, our youth unemployment is rising and just like in the UK while the big foreign companies there say the locals have no skills and getting the locals to work is extremely difficult. Recently UK started paying private companies to train and employ locals but the companies started pocketing the money while charities employ volunteers (slave Labour) so it’s a catch 22. Speak to any German and they say they are proud of the work they do therefore the highest quality and the largest exporter in the world. On the other hand Japanese/Chinese companies in sales environment operating in the EU treat their own people very badly and pay ¼ the amount they pay a local even though the local achieves the same sales level.

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      Your comments are like a breath of fresh air,amongst the insults and disparaging remarks heaped on our poor Villagers who are working so hard in the ME ,so that their offsprings at least can have a better life.

      Thank you Mr Sengutuan.

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        We are consoled that the two of you are former asslicking government servants who have built wealth on backhanders. He cannot deny that because Donald G. exposed that on this very forum.
        To top it neither you nor he have any form of enterprise in the middle east so neither of you have any idea WTF is happening.

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      Unfortunately, the words ‘ Beggars cannot be choosers’ applies here. The workers and the SL government are not in a position to dictate terms. Supply exceeds demand and the Philipenos and Indonesians are preferred. Sri Lankans are third choice. The Philipinos are also paid more and treated with more respect.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        Very true Dr Nar.I’m personally against sending and
        going to M East as domestics and the country largely
        depending on human exports for foreign exchange.It all
        began as a source of income and a kind of joy journey
        for young and ambitious sons of middle class and
        sometimes businessmen and ended up as largest foreign
        exchange earning export market.Now we have a minister
        for this and a whole lot of businesses and development
        projects are made to depend on it.It has already become
        a part of our culture to live under any terms while
        deceiving and misleading ourselves as the proudest
        nation on earth.The shameless because clueless,so called
        leaders and the religious fellows are thriving like
        everything is falling from the sky,at the cost of poor
        and innocent lives sufferings at the hands of inhuman
        lots among Arabs.Take a proper survey and find out how
        this hard earned forex is wasted.What’s the long term
        development plans we have at least in our minds to stop
        this dependence on toilet cleaning forex? I’m not trying
        to belittle the job but that’s the way most are trained
        to look at it and that’s why the Arabs take our lives into
        their hands mercilessly while claiming they belong to the
        “most merciful” religion which I too belong to.They are
        treating us like their slaves like the world has not changed
        and we are willing to live under any condition.When the whole
        concept of going to M East started,tickets up and down were
        free and you pay nothing whatsoever including medicals.What’s
        the situation now?We are paying to suffer a lot and gain a
        little including self sacrifice.All are being burdened with
        the responsibility of living for others sins and this has been
        made a “punya karma” punniyam or good deed by blood sucking
        preachers and dependent leeches.When are these ugly habits of
        depending and living on others back, going to change?Where’s
        any human’s real pride gone?

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    Our friends Native Veddah and Sumanasekera no doubt take note of the changing scene here re. domestic help – so necessary in homes of the middle class and above. The monthly salary (around Rs.15,000-25,000) they command today comes to much more if they live with you – taking into account today’s cost of food items. The issara and passa kaema days are gone and the domestic gets the same food you eat -sometimes more since they control the rear domain. Already they ask for a separate room, colour TV, fans etc., A few years ago when my daughter was speaking to a woman she planned to hire, I was amused when she was asked how the domestic should address her. As Reggie Siriwardena noted times indeed have changed. Those pre-56 references “umba” “mama” is no longer in the discourse. I am not complaining. This is part of the social revolution and we must accept it. Therefore, many domestics are likely to prefer to work in the country except those that establish special relations with their former employers in the Arab lands on attractive terms.

    Senguttuvan

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    Thank you, Julaampitiya Amare, for the comments on your personal
    experiences in the Arab lands. In the many years I was in business
    circles in the London Baltic Exchange, we had close connections with the Arabs. Many were daily liquor-drinkers, given into debauchery and double-tongued. My British friends used to doubt their cash also and usually take them along to the Bank and get them to deposit this to the account under proper identity. Remember the case of the multi-billion dollar Guarantees to banks and conglomerates when Dubai was hanging in instability a few years ago. Every one of them was dis-honoured resulting in the dubious expression “Muslim Guarantee” Finally, I believe, it was the Emir of Qatar who agreed to pay part of the debts. That is their reputation.

    The present Status Quo from Afghanistan, much of Pakistan to the Arab lands can last only as long as the people are kept away from education. That is why leaders in these countries get extremist organisations like Taliban and Al Qaeda to kill even little children for the “sin” of going to school. But the IT revolution is changing even the societies with a medieval mind-set in Arab lands. Within the next 2-3 decades, there can be more literate and educated youth coming out who will get rid of all these despots, who bled the world to near death, and join the enlightened world. The Arab lands are capable of producing men/women of much learning and culture – as they did in earlier centuries.

    Senguttuvan

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    When these poor Village women clean their toilets ,the Bloggers were content and happy.

    In return what did these women get?

    A meal of the left overs and sexual overture from the Husbands or the naughty Sons.

    And a good beating with the broom stick when the Madam found out.

    Now these women earn at least USD 200 a month according to one reader.Plus a free plane ride on Kuwaiti Airlines at least,

    And some have built houses, and send their kiddies to school.

    Perhaps the high echelons and their urbanite mates who are the bulk of the contributors here are feeling the pinch.

    With our per capita steadily rising under the current regime , the Urbanites who need the services of these maids will eventually match the earnings of our ME employees.

    Then they need not be ashamed of our women cleaning Arab toilets.

    But what amazes me is some of the bloggers are quite content to see the Srlankans cleaning toilets and sweeping floors in White Man’s land.

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      Whoever you are ?

      I really dont think that many guest workers are as house maids on the west, as you say that some in SL are happy to send their women to clean the white man^s toilets.

      Basics that we the lankens should be aware is – cleaning for living be it toilets or garbages should NOT be disgraced. On the west, cleaners are also equally respected, and as every sane would feel it – any kind of job with decencies should be respected as jobs.

      Have not the students that keep going to abroad ( to the US, Australia and UK) DO YOU THINK have not worked – whatever the small jobs there are offered. During my graduate days, I have worked as an assitant to some survey engineers. THis kinds of jobs I had never done before, but to cover my expenses, I was compelled to do so. There were english mates that even sacrificed their lives by being experimental models for drug tests.

      So please dont disgrace cleaning jobs or any odd jobs. In a population, each and everyone cant be educated to do white collar jobs. These perceptions should go if we the nation needs to develop.

      What is important is to give the proper training and keep their very strict with laws – before the our women are sent to those countries. That should be strictly held and govt authorities should impose due punishment those deceitful agencies that violate these laws.

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      There is no shame in cleaning toilets anywhere. There is dignity in any honest work. Mahatma Gandhi demonstrated this to his wife in Sabarmatti ashram, in no uncerainterms. We should not disparage the work people do, but ffel sad and ashamed about the conditions and pay they work for.

      Sumanasekara, I am with you and others who sympathize with the plight of these poor women.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      TO K A S:

      as per the your comments on other blog pages,
      With our per capita income steadily rising under the current regime.
      oh my foot. to whom you are telling,
      one thing is correct.
      only your bosses’s income is rising like people’s curses.

      k a sumnaskara,
      now a days there are no Chinese with knotted hair. only commission grabbing Chinese.
      as you say
      THERE ARE NO POOR VILLAGERS AND, ALL ARE LOOKED AFTER BY THOSE GOVERNING JARAPASSAS.
      what to tell you?????????. how to answer you??????
      IN 1982,I WAS WORKING IN SAUDI ARABIA.AND EVAN THAT TIME ALSO WE OBSERVED MANY WOMEN MISTREATED BY THE GOD FEARING, MECCA AND MEDINA WORSHIPING, SO CALLED MUSLIM SAUDIS.
      KAS;
      NOW INDONESIA AND PHILIPPINE STOPPED EXPORTING HOUSE MAIDS.
      THE VERY UNDEVELOPED COUNTRY, THE BANGLADESH, DO NOT SEND HOUSE MAIDS to anywhere,
      AND INDIA,PAKISTAN,OR OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES DO NOT HAVE THIS HOUSEMAID BUSINESS.
      AND IF YOU GO TO U A E, THERE ARE MANY S L WOMEN YOU CAN FIND DOING WORLD OLDEST PROFESSION.
      SPECIALLY IN DUBAI, DIERA, SATHWA,JUMEIRA, RASHIDIA, AND LAKE TOWER AREA.
      SOME ARE LIVING WITH PAKISTANIS AND INDIANS AND FORGOTTEN THEIR FAMILIES AT HOME [ S L]

      YOU CAN FIND S L WOMEN BROKERS, PIMPS,ARE DELIVERING S L PROST TO STAR CLASS HOTELS in limousines cars.
      I HAVE SEEN THAT AND HELPED MANY LADIES, WHO RAN AWAY FROM SPONSORS TO GO TO OUR EMBASSY AT SATHWA.
      THIS IS THE FAULT OF OUR GOVERNMENT, CONSTITUTION POLITICCAS AND THE LAW.THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE NATIONAL TRAGEDY.
      YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT ,DUE TO THIS NANNY PROBLEM HOW MANY FAMILIES ARE SUFFERING AND HOW MANY LIVES ARE LOST.

      MR SEN SAYS;

      “””Within the next 2-3 decades, there can be more literate and educated youth coming out who will get rid of all these despots, who bled the world to near death, and join the enlightened world. The Arab lands are capable of producing men/women of much learning and culture – as they did in earlier centuries””
      MY FRIEND DO NOT EXPECT MIRACLES,BECAUSE STILL MOST OF THEM HAVE THIS CROOKED AND LOOTING HABITS AND MENTALITY.
      AND THEY ARE CONTROLLED BY RELIGIOUS MINDED MATAHwWA CLERGY.

      “”as they did in earlier centuries.””
      OF-COURSE ,
      SLAVE TRADING, [women and men], THEY ARE DOING NOW AND THEY WILL CONTINUE.
      WINE, DINE AND DANCE GOING ON EVERY NIGHTS, SPECIALLY ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHTS.using Afghan drugs like Haeroine, Hashish,
      CHEATING, LOOTING AND ROBBING FROM OTHERS ARE DONE BY ALL ARAB COMPANIES AND ARAB SPONSORS WHO EMPLOY FOREIGNERS.
      [ IF I M WRONG, YOU CAN ASK ANY MIDDLE EAST RETURNEES].
      as per my knowledge,most of the ancient structures were done by Asier and Sumeir tribes in Mesopotamia [Iraq].
      in Egypt all the ancient builders were pharaoh and Romans.
      all these Arabs are lazy bedouins and religious fanatics.
      few who go to west or east for education, some time learn good manners. but their genes do never change.

      it is like tigers can change the territory the jungle but not he color stripes.
      [ applies to S L LTTE SUPPORTERS ALSO] dosnt it?.

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    The baby may have died due to Rizana’s negligence for ingnorance.She may have made attempts to quieten the baby.
    If it was elsewhere in the world she might have been charged for homicide with no intension for murder.This would have saved her life.I wonder what the Sharia Law in Saudi Arabia dictates.

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      Vithanage Perera

      Though Sri Lanka has not hung anyone officially (unofficially many)for the past 40 years, capital punishment still intact in its statute.

      If Sri Lanka is not planning to impose capital punishment it is only appropriate the state abolishes this cruel and medieval punishment.

      Before we learn about Saudi Sharia law we should abolish capital punishment.

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    Senguttuvan, am I dreaming or was your statement “Years ago, in a Committee that I was in I suggested to the Minister to arrange with
    India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Phillipines and form a cartel
    to get these terms” followed by a remark that
    JRJ disagreed and said we should just let our maids go for whatever they can get? Please put me right here. Or did you repeat this in another blog elsewhere, WITH the ref to JRJ?

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    Whatever we talk after the death of poor rizana nafeek it is useless.we should shame of dis bloody thing.evryone did the mistake no one can talk abt this now.whatever we help the family of rizana it cannot same as her daughter doing.they lost their daughter we didn’t do anythng we are bornless stupids.now no one can give the life of that girl.y cant anyone undrstand the value of a woman.she doesn’t make any mistakes.The tears of rizana’s parents is unbearable.what a cruel punishment she had stupids

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    ya allah avalin anaiththu paavangalaiyum manniththu avalukku suvarkkaththai thiranthu koduppayaha ameen ameen ameen

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      Aameen…

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      AWALUKKU YANI ALLAH TA KAAWAL THAEWA ILLAI.
      ONGAL KUDUKAKRI AASHIRWADAM THEWA ILAAI.

      ADEI ELLAAM ONGADA ALLAH PAATHITAE MUDDINGEI.

      IPPAI ORU WAELAI SAEINGAL.
      ANYMEL ONGADA PERIYA MINISTER RAUF HAKEEM TA SULLUNGAI, AWELTA KUDUMBHAM NALLAHA PAATTHEI UDAWI SEIIYA SOLLI.

      ONGADA ALLAH TA SONNA PPATHUDE ILAAI.
      ALHEN ELLAM KALAAS.
      AWALA MOTHTAA POITTEN.
      ONDA ALLAH AWALA ANIYAYAMEI KONDU POITTEN.

      ONDA ALLAH MUSHKIL DAAA????.
      ONDA SHARIA AWALA KONDADA DA.

      ANY SOOLLAH PHONAA ANEKU KOOWAM WARUDU DA.

      .

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      MR SENGUTTUVAN ;
      HOW IS MY TAMIL WRITTEN IN ENGLISH LETTERS?.
      BUT I THINK IT IS NOT SO BAD.
      DOESN’T IT?.

      A BUDDHIST SINHALESE.

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    if the death is the punishment to rizana acoording to shariah law which course the death to a 4 months child by mistake then Arab men should be punished according to sharia law for they rape young girls who go Arabia seeking employment. has sharia law allowed raping? when they do mistakes or wrong they remain silent and no punishment for that but our poor innocent people are getting killed. this is unfair. something should be done immediately for Arab men….

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      This is very correct.

      This is the doublestandards within that holy ISLAM that have been practising by predominantly uneducated arabs.

      That king of the state could have saved the life of this innocient girl if he wanted to. They the buggers should be punished by Allah or all karma before long.

      Poor family seems to have no even the access to the dead body. What a shame, they are rich because of their oil resources, but not at all rich.

      How many hundreds perhaps thousands have got raped by those uncivilised arab men ?

      How many have been sent back to srilanka with their body parts packed in boxes ?
      How many have been injured by their brutal and cruel punishments like throwing hot water on to those women ? All these I have read on many articles that were published in the recent past.

      Where has been the Allah or God in each of these happenings ?

      I would respect Islam practising in some countries but many of middle east counrties and those peopele in gernal are uncivilized, inhuman and far from understanding.

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    Manel Fonseka may please be assured it was not JRJ. It was long after
    that. My suggestions are valid to be carried out even today. Can you
    imagine India, Pakistan, Phillipines, Indonesia, Bangladesh not supporting such a move. A successful result will help their suffering workers several fold and inflate their own coffers. But sadly, I am told every time some influential officials from these countries made these suggestions informally they were shot down either with threats of stopping workers from their countries or bought over in subtle ways.
    What is needed is regular pressure on these employer-countries to make them gradually yield. Merely packing our missions with members of one
    community has failed us badly so far.

    Senguttuvan

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    Senguttuvan. Thank you for replying/correcting me.
    I now realise I had got my lines crossed, confusing a passage from a friend’s email after Rizana’s death with yr blog. I I will not be betraying a confidence by quoting it. The writer is a very honest and serious person who speaks from direct experience. This is the passage:

    Sometime, in the 80s there was an effort made by India and some other labour exporting countries to work out a minimum wage for migrant workers. Sri Lanka did not agree to it.
    And President JRJ made a statement that Sri Lankan women can go at whatever wage they negotiate with their employer.
    The women are the most vulnerable category, because in Arab countries, apart from the fact that women are held in lower esteem, their laws do not infringe on matters connected with a man’s household. His house is his castle.
    To cut a long story short it is a matter for which we as a country should hang our heads – Sri Lankan women working in the Middle East are actually looked upon by our leaders as a bountiful ATM.

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    This is more about the part that the govt had done for the poor woman.

    Today the govt keep repeating they did what they could..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU-Kdo0DJGQ

    As Ranjan has pointed out, Govt could have proved and saved the life of the poor girl.

    This is one of the injustices – but how many of lanken women and men have been treated by all kind of inhuman manners of those arab people. ..

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    I have seen some ceremonies in which the islamic adherents celebrate by beheading a sharp – I dont see any difference between the current beheading and the animal beheading. These people are primitive. No doubt about that.

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