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Philippines struggles against human trafficking

MANILA (UCAN): Michelle thought her prayers had been answered when she finally left her home in the Philippines for Saudi Arabia last year to work as a domestic helper. She thought the employment contract she had signed was her ticket out of poverty.
 
Sadly, she was gravely mistaken. In fact, she had joined a throng of her compatriots who have become inadvertent victims of human trafficking.
 

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Cardinal may renege on Saudi invitation

BEIRUT (AsiaNews): In what is being hailed as a first and breakthrough in religious relations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the king, Salaman, and prince with right of succession and currently number two in the political pecking order, Mohammad bin Salman, have issued an invitation to the Maronite patriarch of Lebanon, Bechara Cardinal al-Raï, to pay a state visit to Riyadh.
 

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Funding from Saudi and distorted Islam springboard for Marawi siege

On May 23 this year, Marawi City in the southern Philippines was put under siege by a Muslim jihadi group known as the Maute that has pledged its loyalty to the rebellion of the Islamic State.
 
Over 1,000 people have died in the subsequent five months, the vast majority of them Muslims from Marawi.
 
The complete population of the majority Muslim city has fled and the Maute wrote on a jihadist website, “If you can’t reach Syria, go to The Philippines!”
 








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Help demanded for stranded workers in Saudi Arabia

HONG KONG (SE): The Migrante Partylist is calling for better protection for overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as their job security is currently in doubt due to the current economic crisis caused by falling oil prices.

Its international coordinator, Garry Martinez, said at a press conference held in Manila on March 11, during which workers spoke via Skype from Saudi, that immediate assistance for stranded Filipinos in the kingdom is vital.

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Saudi executes 70th person this year

RIYADH (AsiaNews): The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has carried out its 70th execution for this year. The Saudi Ministry of the Interior announced on March 7 that Alaa al-Zahrani was stoned to death after being convicted in Jeddah.

Last year, 153 death sentences were carried out, most of them for drug trafficking and murder. This was the highest number in 20 years.

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Use blood money to help family bishop urges

MANILA (Agencies): Bishop Ruperto Santos from Balanga, has urged the government to use the blood money raised for overseas Filipino worker, Joselito Zapanta, to help his family which has been left without a breadwinner following his execution in Saudi Arabia on December 29. Zapanta was sentenced to death by the Grand Court in Riyadh in April 2010 for killing his Sudanese landlord.

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Migrant worker condemned to stoning in Saudi

COLOMBO (UCAN): A protest led by Father Paris Jayamaha, the director of Caritas Anuradhapura in Colombo, called on the United Nations (UN) on December 3 to intervene on behalf of a Sri Lankan migrant worker, who has been condemned to death by stoning for committing adultery by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Riyadh plans mass execution

RIYADH (AsiaNews): Human rights organisations say that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is planning a mass execution of dozens of people in a single day.

The British Broadcasting Corporation reported the Saudi newspaper, Okaz, as saying on November 27 that at least 55 people will be executed for crimes of terrorism. The website of the newspaper, al-Riyadh, also published an article—later removed—saying that 52 executions were imminent.

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