June 2011 14:10
A Saudi employer locked up his Sri
Lankan housemaid at his house without a salary for nearly 16 years, during
which she had never visited her home country, a newspaper in the oil-rich Gulf
Kingdom reported on Wednesday.
The unnamed employer has also refused to renew her residence visa and prevented
her from leaving his house in the southern province of Jazan, the Arabic
language daily Sabq said.
“We have just discovered this serious act of human rights abuse,” said Ahmed Al
Bahkali, branch manager of the Saudi National Human Rights Commission.
“She has been living in tragic conditions…the man has been detained until he
gives her all her rights and dues, and allows her to go home.” (emirates24/7)