Hundreds of migrants abused in Saudi deportation centre: HRW

Saudi Arabia is detaining hundreds of mainly Ethiopian migrants in squalid conditions in Riyadh, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, quoting some as saying they had been tortured or beaten.

The migrants at the centre, mostly from Ethiopia but also from other African or Asian countries, were being held pending deportation, most having been arrested by Saudi authorities because they did not hold valid residency permits.

The report, released on Tuesday, quoted detainees as saying they were held in extremely overcrowded rooms and that guards tortured and beat them with rubber-coated metal rods, leading to at least three allegations of deaths in custody between October and November.

HRW said it spoke to seven Ethiopians last month being held and two Indians who were recently deported. All of them said they were kept in small rooms in a detention centre with up to 350 others.

The report, released on Tuesday, quoted detainees as saying they were held in extremely overcrowded rooms and that guards tortured and beat them with rubber-coated metal rods, leading to at least three allegations of deaths in custody between October and November.

HRW said it spoke to seven Ethiopians last month being held and two Indians who were recently deported. All of them said they were kept in small rooms in a detention centre with up to 350 others.

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