#Human Rights
Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

An Ethiopian domestic worker in Lebanon who was filmed being physically abused in public has committed suicide, local media have reported.

The video, first aired by Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) last week, sparked outrage by showing a man abusing Alem Dechasa as she cried on a street outside the Ethiopian embassy in Beirut. Reports of domestic worker abuse are widespread, with many allegedly locked in employers’ homes.

Rola Abimourched, program coordinator at KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation, told Al Jazeera that Dechasa's case may increase scrutiny into the problem.

"This case may indicate the larger issue of migrant domestic workers' vulnerability to abuse in Lebanon, which puts the whole system in question. Namely, the sponsorship system which ties the domestic worker to one employer and does not guarantee her basic human rights.

We Ethiopians and supporters are asking the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Lebanese Government for a speedy investigation and justice in regard to this cruel and inhumane act against our fellow citizen.

We hope that an investigation into her death and justice will serve as a notice for all Arab countries who are abusing citizens of other nations.

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