//Many Naushads languishing in Saudi Jails

Many Naushads languishing in Saudi Jails

21, Jan, 2006.

A report prepared by Secretariat of Asia Pacific Human Rights Network makes a scathing attack against the lack of transparency in the kingdom and highlights the death of Mahsar Ali Ansari, 28 from Saidabad village, Allahabad and the plight of thousands of Indian migrant workers

 "On 9 September 2004, Mr. Al Ansari’s father received a telephone call informing him that his son had been killed and that the body was at King Khaled General Hospital in Saudi Arabia. He later received a copy of a death certificate which put the cause of death as asphyxiation and noted that there were rope marks around the neck.

No other information was received regarding the status of the investigation into Mahsar Ali Ansari’s death. The family was reportedly unable to bring the body to India for burial owing to lack of resources ", says Ravi Nair, Executive Director of SAHRDC.

The report estimates that there are sixty per cent of Saudi Arabia’s workforce is of migrant workers from Asia, Africa and Middle East.

India apparently has the largest expatriate community with a population of 1.6 million. Ravi Nair says, "Migrants have been sentenced to death without fair trials."
 The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants in a report has said, "Certain migrant workers faced with capital punishment are reported to have been apparently unaware that they had been convicted until the moment of their execution. “

It is further reported that in several cases migrant workers were beheaded without the knowledge of their embassies or relatives who were only informed after the fact, sometimes many months afterwards. The remains of those executed are allegedly generally not returned to their families for burial."

It is unlikely that the case of the Indian migrant workers will be taken up if one were to believe an Indian diplomat who was quoted as saying in 2003 that even diplomats were "unable " to directly approach the police or the courts to obtain details" about Indians in detention.