Letter from Ms. Nafeek’s father to her employer, via the Save Rizana Nafeek.
Rizana Nafeek was just killed by the Saudi government, executed if you want to put an imprint of justice on it. It’s not just. A child died in her care when she was working there at age 17, which was tragic. Saudi Arabia, however, has no real justice system, certainly not for foreigners. Based on a coerced confession (which she retracted) and despite the fact that she was a juvenile, the Saudi government has just executed her.
Was Ms. Nafeek responsible for the death of the child? We can’t tell, because the Saudi system is not just. She had no access to lawyers and likely no ability to even follow the language at her sham trial. It’s a messed up country (government wise) where foreign workers are treated like slaves and non-royal family aren’t treated that well either. That so many Sri Lankans have to work there because they’re sitting on a bunch of oil is a human tragedy for everyone involved.
Sri Lankan workers have come back from the Middle East beaten, raped, shot full of nails, and now in coffins. They work because they have to, but one only wishes for more civilized behavior from governments like Saudi Arabia.
One also wishes that newspapers had something more than that grimy photocopied photo of Ms. Nafeek. She died today, aged 24. She was from Muthur, Trincomallee.
The Asian Tribune has a chronology of her case. Amnesty International has a breakdown of why it was a miscarriage of justice. You can also read the letter her father wrote to the employer that wouldn’t seek to pardon her. His prayers for mercy went unanswered. May she rest in peace.