The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) strongly condemns the killing and brutal treatment of Ethiopians by the Saudi Arabia authorities and nationals. In as much as the Saudi Arabian government has the right to regulate its immigration policies; it needs to do so in accordance with International Bill of Human Rights by respecting the rights of documented and undocumented migrant and domestic workers on its soils. The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America has been monitoring the frequent mistreatment and abuse of Ethiopian citizens and especially Ethiopian women residing in Saudi Arabia for a while now. It has collaborated with other humanitarian organizations to raise funds to defend and support Ethiopian nationals that are continuously subjected to inhuman and savage treatment in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries. The recent chain of events that has resulted in the brutal killings, beatings of many peaceful demonstrators by Saudi police and nationals and the gang raping of Ethiopian women is unspeakable, barbaric and shameful!
The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America and its affiliated clubs across North America holds the government of Saudi Arabia responsible for this brutality against Ethiopian nationals residing in their country. Therefore, ESFNA calls on the Ethiopian government to demand the Saudi government to accept full responsibility for this barbaric act against Ethiopian citizens and take immediate action to stop the madness and bring those responsible to justice. The Ethiopian government must demand the Government of Saudi Arabia to fully compensate those who have lost property and provide full medical assistance to those who have been injured. It must also demand the Saudi Government to fully compensate the relatives of those who have lost their lives.
As the majority of ESFNA members are citizens of Untitled States and Canada, we call upon President Obama and Prime Minister Harper to intervene on behalf of the helpless Ethiopians to stop the suffering. We also request the United Nations, African Union, and all human rights organizations to immediately intervene to stop the inhumane treatment of all immigrants in Saudi Arabia.