An Indonesian driver named Muhammad Zaini Misrin was executed in Saudi Arabia for the alleged murder of his employer. Migrant Care, an Indonesian organization focusing on the welfare of migrant workers, believed that Zaini’s legal rights were violated, claiming that he was not represented by an attorney and was misled into a confession through a translator. Indonesia’s migrant workers have little legal protection in Saudi Arabia because of Saudi Arabia’s weak protections for migrants. Indonesia placed a moratorium on sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries in 2015.  The author believes that this ban is not only ineffective but, in fact, forces migrants into an illegal status with even fewer legal protections.

Author: Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat