Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Almost 2013, yet Slavery still quite common in some parts of the Arab world

"local communities in the north-west [of Yemen] comfortable with slavery"

From Eric Dondero:

The United States formally abolished the slavery in 1863. By the 1880s, slavery was illegal in virtually all parts of the Western world, most especially the far-flung environs of the British Empire.

The major Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia, officially abolished the institution in the late 1950s and '60s.

However, as Radio Netherlands reports slavery still exits in some minor Arab nations: "Yemen's hidden slaves" Dec. 26:
Slavery is still being practiced in parts of Yemen, with men, women and children all falling victim to the practice. And according to local human rights activists, the government would prefer to simply sweep the problem under the carpet.

An investigation by the Wethaq Foundation, based on six months of field studies, has revealed 190 cases of slavery in three provinces in the north west of the country. The organisation also found evidence of people being bought and sold, and its report is raising questions about just how widespread slavery is in Yemen.

Yemeni Human Rights Watch had already documented its first case of enslavement in 2008, when activists found evidence of a slave being traded for around 2.000 euros. The case was discovered via local documents used to register real estate which included the phrase: “the slave Qenaf, son of slave Sara, was legally purchased”.

The new findings by the Wethaq Foundation are backed up by research conducted by the Al-Masdar website in 2010. This confirmed that local communities in the North-West are comfortable with slavery. For those enslaved the situation is grim. In interviews conducted by the website, the slaves said they have not received any education and believed they had little chance of improving their situation.
Editor's note - Predictable news blackout in the American media on Muslim slave ownership.

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