Bahrain dictatorship news update

This video says about itself:

Feb 13, 2012

It’s been one year since anti-government protests started in Bahrain.

Nearly two thousand mainly Shia Muslim workers in both the private and public sector lost their jobs as punishment for their perceived participation in the protests.

Unions say they have not got their jobs back, despite repeated promises from the government.

Not only in Qatar workers’ lives are not safe. And governmental Internet spying is not the onlty problem in the Bahraini absolute monarchy.


3 Asian workers die from exposure to methane in Bahrain

By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief

Published: 15:22 July 30, 2013

Manama: Three Asian workers died on Tuesday morning in Bahrain, apparently after succumbing to methane gas poisoning, the interior ministry said.

One of the men fainted as he was working on pipes inside a nine-metre hole in Nabih Al Saleh, in the suburbs of the capital Manama, prompting his colleagues to go down to try to rescue him.

However, they too succumbed to the poisonous gas, the ministry said on its Twitter account.

Unprotected exposure to the colourless and odourless gas formed by the decomposition of animal and vegetable matter can be fatal.

In May last year, a Bahraini national and two Asian workers died after inhaling toxic gas.

The three men were working in a septic tank in West Al Eker, a village south of Manama.

The first victim died when he went down a septic tank and inhaled the deadly gas. His colleagues died after they rushed to rescue him, but were exposed to methane.

From the government of Ethiopia:

Ethiopia: Middle East Ethiopian Communities Establish Union to Combat Human Trafficking

30 July 2013

Members of Ethiopian communities living in the Middle East have formed a union to fight back against the abuse and suffering of Ethiopian migrant workers in the region. After a meeting in Addis Ababa on Monday (july 29) a memorandum of understanding was signed by representatives of Ethiopian communities in Jeddah, Riyadh, Bahrain, Dubai, Yemen, Lebanon and Qatar. The union vowed to defend the rights of Ethiopian migrant workers in all their countries and fight against illegal traffickers in coordination with the relevant and concerned government offices.

Recent studies indicate that the numbers of Ethiopian workers being smuggled into various Middle East countries has been growing steadily. Ato Rezene Lemelem, head of the Ethiopian Community Association in Jeddah said that the increase in the number of illegal traffickers was exacerbating the problem of trafficking. Ato Nebeyou Belete, deputy head of the Ethiopian community in Yemen noted that there were a significant number of Ethiopians “wandering in different cities of Yemen after being smuggled by tortuous paths into the country”.

See also here.

Police car death of Bahraini investigated: here.

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  2. 3 Indians inhale toxic gas, die in Bahrain trench

    Daniel P George, TNN | Aug 1, 2013, 04.33 AM IST

    CHENNAI: Three men from Tamil Nadu suffocated on toxic gases while working in a sewage trench in Bahrain on Tuesday. Murugesan Konar (40), Shanmuga Jagannathan (25) and Balarasu Ayyakkannu (23) were carrying out maintenance work in the Nabih Saleh islet locality in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, when they lost consciousness, officials said. By the time other workers found them, they had died of asphyxiation.

    Officials at the Indian embassy in Bahrain told TOI over phone that all three workers were from southern Tamil Nadu. “We have asked their families to send us a letter of consent to send the bodies to India,” an official said.

    The officials could not confirm if the workers were provided safety gear before they started work in the trench, or whether the three men had secured regular employment and their papers were in order.

    Many of the thousands of workers dispatched by agents to the Gulf from TN are cheated and earn a fraction of the salaries they were promised. They are often forced to do dangerous jobs such as cleaning sewage pits or the windows of highrise buildings.

    Back in the villages that were from, the families of the three workers are in shock. Konar, of Pudukottai, went to work abroad to support the family a year ago, his brother Paramiah said. “His wife Logam and their two daughters are in a state of shock,” he said. He did not earn much, but sent money home regularly. He wanted to educate his daughters and wanted them to be high-ranking officials.”

    Jagannathan, of Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district, said Shanmuga was his only son. “He left for the Gulf only in April. We were in dire straits financially and Shanmuga said he could help the family by accepting a job offer he had received from a company in Bahrain.”

    “He has three daughters and they were very attached to him,” Jagannathan said, adding that he had sent the consent letter to Bahrain, asking Indian officials to arrange for the body to be brought home.

    Jagannathan said he hoped the company would give the family compensation because Shanmuga was the only working member in the family and his children are very young.

    Ayyakkannu’s brother Ganesan, was crying. “He went there only a year ago. He has five children… What are they going to do? He called on Friday, enquired about us and told me to take good care of our mother,” Ganesan said.


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