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    » 01/22/2013, 00.00

    SRI LANKA

    Rizana Nafeek’s mother: I do not want money, but protection for all migrants like my daughter

    Melani Manel Perera

    She has refused any financial help following the execution of the girl, sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia in 2007. Church and civil society in the country are organizing petitions and collecting signatures to demand laws in Sri Lanka to protect migrant workers.

    Colombo (AsiaNews) - The mother of Rizana Nafeek, the young Sri Lankan Muslim executed in Saudi Arabia for the alleged murder of an infant, has refused any financial help offered to her after the death of her daughter. In its place, Seeiadu Ahammaddu Rezeena is calling for "a program of aid and assistance for all the women and poor families living in rural areas," such as hers.

    Otherwise, "in the future other Sri Lankan women will find themselves in a horrible situation like that of Rizana." the Church and civil society are supporting the struggle of this mother by organizing a petition in Muttur - the birthplace of Rizana - to ask the government to create laws governing transfers of migrant workers.

    Fr. Nandana Mantunga, director of the human rights commission for the diocese of Kandy (Central Province), describes what happened to Rizana "cruel and inhuman", condemning Saudi Arabia "for violating not only the international rights of the child [the Sri Lankan was minor at the time, ed], but also the minimum standards of due process. " The priest, however, also accuses Sri Lanka, "at the beginning of the story refused to provide assistance to the girl, hiding behind a 'policy of non-interference' for those citizens charged in other countries."

    The initiative launched in Muttur is not the only of its kind. In fact, the Law and Society Trust (LST) of Colombo has organized a similar petition with a request to the Government of Sri Lanka to enact - and improve where they exist - laws and policies on labor migration, to ensure adequate protection for all migrant workers, women in particular, according to the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Sri Lanka ratified this agreement in 1995.

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    10/01/2013 SAUDI ARABIA- SRI LANKA
    Migration flows to Saudi Arabia must be regulated to avoid another Rizana Nafeek
    Source talks to AsiaNews about illegal labour practices involving migrants to Saudi Arabia from Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan. "Exporting" countries fail to protect their migrants. In Rizana Nafeek's case, Sri Lankan authorities failed to provide her with a lawyer during her trial.

    05/12/2012 SRI LANKA - SAUDI ARABIA
    Sri Lanka's Church and government hope for Rizana Nafeek's release
    The Saudi crown prince announces a pardon for death row inmates as a blessing for the health of his ailing king. The young Muslim woman was sentenced to death in 2007 for allegedly killing an infant. A Catholic nun expresses joy at the news, but urges the government to protect better migrant workers.

    11/05/2012 SRI LANKA
    Sentenced to death in S Arabia in 2007, Rizana Nafeek's life hangs by a thread
    Falsely charge of murder, the young woman has been in jail since she was 17. The European Union is closely monitoring the case. For Saudi authorities, the "case is not yet closed." Sri Lanka is trying to get the victim's family to pardon her.

    06/06/2012 SRI LANKA
    Social activists to Elizabeth II: For Diamond Jubilee, save Rizana Nafeek’s life
    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) sends a letter to the Queen of England, who is celebrating 60 year reign. Since 2007, the Sri Lankan girl is sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for the alleged murder of a newborn babay.

    09/07/2011 SRI LANKA
    Sinhalese and Tamil Muslims together for Rizana Nafeek
    The muslim maid was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for allegedly killing an infant in 2005. Q protest rally is held outside the Saudi Embassy. Activists say that the child’s death was an accident and blame both countries for the situation.



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