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Women: The World Ignores The Muslim World’s Crimes

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 17, 2013

A couple of days ago, I was politely telling some European travellers to not willingly vacation in countries like the United Arab Emirates where thousands of young Ethiopian women are being enticed with the promise of work – only to suffer verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Well, to my disappointment, they were less enthusiastic to acknowledge the sad plight of African and Asian women in that God-forsaken region. Western powers spend trillions of dollars to fight against evil spirits that rule principalities. They send thousands of their sons to Afghanistan, Iraq and co. as a blood sacrifice to the beast. They import millions of the new-barbarians to their countries, give them everything they want, protect and appease them despite the fact that they are the first to jump down their throats when things go wrong. They let these barbarian into their societies so that they could shake the judeo-christian foundation. They let them abuse the system freely. They rape their daughters, kill their young soldiers brutally – yet, they still refuse to learn how to walk in other people’s shoes.

The crimes committed against poor Ethiopian women in the Middle East are indeed horrendous and horrific crimes against humanity that violate the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet, the ‘civilized’ world, the United Nations do nothing to stop these crimes. The UnUnited Nations!

Another Ethiopian ‘Commits’ Suicide in Mount Lebanon

DomesticWAn Ethiopian domestic worker committed suicide in the home of her employer in the Mount Lebanon town of Choueifat last Wednesday, June 12, 2013, a security source said.
The 23-year-old died by hanging using a rope in one of the rooms of her employer, the source said.

According to one report, the worker was pregnant in her sixth month.


Ethiopian dies, Pinay maid survives torture, starvation by UAE employers

A Filipina housemaid in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) survived torture and starvation at the hands of her employers but her Ethiopian colleague did not.

The couple faced the Court of First Instance for the alleged abuse as prosecutors sought life imprisonment for them, according to a report on the Khaleej Times news site on Tuesday.

Charges lodged against the couple included illegal imprisonment, deprivation of freedom with the use of force, physical and mental torture leading to death, and causing bodily harm, the report said.

However, the couple — a 45-year-old public relations officer and her 42-year-old policeman husband — denied the charges against them.

A forensic expert said the Ethiopian maid weighed only 37 kg when she died, while her blood samples contained traces of a pesticide, even as the suspect allegedly tried to bribe one maid with money so she would not talk to the police.

Both the Ethiopian and Filipina sustained severe injuries leading to infection.

On the other hand, the court was told the Emirati policeman merely watched while his wife abused the maids and locked them up in the bathroom.

He allegedly secured his villa in Nad Al Hamar area so the two maids could not escape.


The Filipina maid, 29, said the torture lasted a couple of months.

She told the prosecutor her employer would beat her and deny her food, and even force her to drink a mix of detergents when she did not like her cleaning.

Also, she said the employer would threaten her with jail and claim she and her husband had connections with the police and immigration.

She would also allegedly threaten to circulate nude pictures of the two. She had taken photos of the two after forcing them to strip.

The Filipina added the Emirati would bang their heads against the wall while they were cleaning the house.

She added the Emirati fed the Ethiopian only a piece of onion, sugar and salt for five days, and fed her better only after the Ethiopian lost consciousness.

But when the Ethiopian’s injuries became infected, the employer would not take her to a hospital for fear the abuse may be discovered.


The Khaleej Times report said a maid of the employer’s friend testified she herself was abused by the employer, who threw detergent on her face and forced her to sniff her underwear.

Even the employer’s friend, a 35-year-old manager, testified seeing the employer beating the victim with a stick.

However, last Jan. 16, she said she heard the employer beg the maid not to speak to the police and offered her money.


Explicit Details of Degrading Sexual Attack on S. African Reporter Lara Logan in Egypt

Because the Egyptians thought that she was an American and a Jew. She had just been doing her job, as the CBS News foreign correspondent in a country which is hostile to the Christian world — a country that American tax-payers aid to bully Christian Ethiopia

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Horrifying: Australian Woman Gang Raped in Dubai – Then Jailed 8 Months for Sex Outside Marriage

Alicia Gali of Australia was excited about her new job in the “desert paradise” of Dubai. American-owned Starwood Hotels, one of the world’s largest hotel groups, even offered to pay for her plane ticket and accommodations as part of the contract that she become a manager.

The United Arab Emirates had been aggressively targeting Australia for tourists when she took the job in 2008, portraying itself as “really progressive and forward-thinking and the ‘new’ Middle East,” Gali said. But when she got there, she found another world entirely.

After being drugged and gang-raped by three of her colleagues, Gali says she found no help from her superiors at the hotel. After she took herself to the hospital, she was thrown in jail for eight months for sex outside of marriage.

Gali’s Australian attorney explained that, as far as she understands, the crime is only considered rape under the country’s strict Islamic laws if there are “four adult, male Muslim witnesses that can provide evidence that the sex was non-consensual.”

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Horrific ordeal of ‘Girl D’ who was raped injected with heroin, branded and sold for sex at £600 an hour

  • Mohammed Karrar plied girl with drink and drugs and raped her

  • She then became his ‘property’ and a sex slave

  • Was loaned out to abusers around the country for up to £600 an hour

The ordeal for one of the victims began after she became desperate for love and attention because she was forced to care for her sick parents.

So when Mohammed Karrar entered her life, bought her perfume and treated her like an adult, she believed in him. But the ‘nicey-nicey honeymoon period,’ as she described it, would last barely a year.

After grooming her, Karrar made sure she was ‘out of it’ on drink and drugs before raping her on his sofa.

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Muslim Gang Raped 100 Teenage Girls in The UK

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The Constrained Capabilities Of Overseas Domestic Workers In Lebanon (Report)

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 30, 2012

Kate Denman is a British born researcher who has spent large periods of her career working in Lebanon and Syria, focusing on issues of human rights, social justice and equality. She co-founded an NGO, Refocus, and is finalising her MA in Education, Gender and International Development at the Institute of Education, London. Kate continues to research social injustice and designs artistic educational programmes to help raise awareness, understanding, and to facilitate social change.

Kate has compiled a remarkably thorough, original paper which analyses the conditions for Overseas Domestic Workers (ODW) in Lebanon as vast global disparities create a modern slave-trade where post-industrialised economies opt for cheap imported labour. ODW come from some of the poorest countries to work in Lebanon where they are excluded from national labour laws. This results in limited available protection and increased risk of exploitation and loss of freedom and dignity.

The paper uses the Capabilities Approach, with specific focus on Nussbaum’s list of capabilities, as a framework to explore the constraints that ODW face. This includes their access to recourses and their possibilities to convert their capabilities to valued functionings and agency. An analysis is made of how national and international policy is responding to these concerns in the Lebanese context. The international analysis focuses on the UN anti-trafficking protocol, CEDAW, authentic commitments made by Lebanon to the International Labour Organization’s convention, and how the MDG’s and EFA goals are failing to commit to adult education and equality.

The paper exposes the lack of legal protection available, how public attitude is emulates national policy, the physical and psychological violence experienced by ODW, forms of debt-bondage slavery and contract-slavery, education and how the ethnic hierarchy has developed.

The main findings were as follows:

  • ODW in Lebanon are frequently being denied basic rights and capabilities which highly restrict valued functionings and agency.

  • Structural barriers and non-inclusion in labour laws reinforce the demeaning socio-political landscape for ODWs.

  • Attitudinal change needs to occur to reduce symbolic and physical violence that ODWs sustain.

In response the following courses of action are recommended:

  • Education for the ODW should be provided, not only to help them understand their rights, but also give access to capabilities and opportunities previously denied.

  • Pre-departure seminars in home countries need to be investigated.

  • The education of Lebanese children about ODW should be implemented.

  • To guarantee the implementation of international labour laws public awareness needs to be raised regarding ODWs circumstances. Key constituencies such as national labour officials, trade unions, employers, media must join together to create governmental pressure.

Read Kate’s full paper here (PDF)


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