August 22, 2023
Cited article by Andrew Mills, Tiksa Negeri and Milan Pavicic, Reuters
HRRC condemns the brutal and fatal attacks on Ethiopian migrants by Saudi authorities. Saudi Arabia must follow international law in protecting migrants at its borders. Those who have carried out the killings must be held accountable.
According to a recent report by Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabian border guards killed hundreds of Ethiopian migrants who tried to cross the Yemen-Saudi border between March 2022 and June 2023. Witness testimony and roughly 350 videos and photos show that border guards used explosives and shot migrants in "widespread and systematic" attacks. However, Saudi authorities have denied the claims as "unfounded and not based on reliable sources."
These claims of mistreatment and murder have been ongoing. In October 2022, the United Nations stated that Saudi Arabia was targeting and killing migrants attempting to cross the border. Between January-April 2022, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions contacted Saudi authorities to address reports of the "systematic killing of 430 migrants at the border in at least 16 incidents".
Currently, there are an estimated 750,000 Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia, most of which have fled the genocide in their country.