Response to Mrs. Brown’s post

I read Mrs. Brown’s post regarding Rizana Nafeek, the 24 year old, Sri Lankan maid who was executed by the Saudi Arabia government after being accused of the killing of her employers’ infant 7 years ago. From what I’ve read about this case, its tragedy all around. To start the entire episode of Nafeek is sad. To start, Ms. Nafeek was sent to Saudi Arabia on false documents by employment agents to work as a domestic assistant, though she was under age. She was sentenced to death in 2005, despite having no access to a lawyer, after her employer’s four-month-old daughter was found dead in unexplained circumstances. Additionally, Nafeek spoke no Arabic, was reported to have initially “confessed” to the murder during interrogation, but has since retracted her statement, arguing it was made under duress following a physical assault. She said the baby died after choking while drinking from a bottle. Furthermore, only three countries execute individuals for crimes committed when minors: Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Iran. Sixty-nine executions were carried out in Saudi Arabia last year, the third-highest number of executions worldwide. Millions of migrants from Sri Lanka and other south Asian countries work in menial jobs in Saudi Arabia where they can earn much higher salaries than in similar jobs at home, though there are many reported cases of abuse. Such a travesty for both families. 


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