On January the 18th, the International Domestic Workers’ Network (IDWN) took part in a protest outside the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Hong Kong, condemning the beheading of Rizana Nafeek. Rizana was a Sri Lankan domestic migrant worker, executed in Sau …

Walton Pantland

On January the 18th, the International Domestic Workers’ Network (IDWN) took part in a protest outside the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Hong Kong, condemning the beheading of Rizana Nafeek. Rizana was a Sri Lankan domestic migrant worker, executed in Saudi Arabia on the 9th of January, for a “crime” which still has yet to be fully investigated.

Rizana was accused of murdering a child in her care when she was just 17 years old. She was too young to be working in Saudi Arabia, but the agency that recruited her forged documents. She denied the charge, but the case was never properly investigated. She was physically assaulted during interrogation, and had no access to a lawyer or translator.

The IDWN demands that the government of Saudi Arabia apologises to Rizana Nafeed’s family and compensates them. The Saudi government should immediately adopt and reform its policies and laws in line with international standards as stipulated in the United Nations and International Labour Conventions, protect human rights and labour rights of migrant workers.

IDWN gave a letter to the King Abdullah of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The letter was signed by Chairperson, Myrtle Witbooi, and brought to the KSA Consulate in Hong Kong by Elizabeth Tang, the International Coordinator.

You can read the letter below:


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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