Saudi Arabia: Completing Preparation of Human Rights National Strategy

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Time: April 27, 2018

Nasser al-Shahrani of Human Rights Commission asserted that his country is undergoing huge development in legal and organizational fields related to human rights, including: justice, criminal justice, reinforcing integrity, combating corruption, fighting race discrimination, women and children rights as well as rights of physically disabled people, elderlies and in-going labor and reinforcing regional and international cooperation in human rights sector.

Shahrani said in his speech delivered in a meeting in Geneva that the work is ongoing to complete the preparation of the project of national strategy for human rights and its executive plan that focuses on six axes and issues more than 100 initiatives.

The country, under the leadership of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is undergoing comprehensive reforms and continuous development within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, noted Shahrani. The Saudi official affirmed that the exerted efforts in the context of protecting and reinforcing human rights without any discrimination have led to several updates in various fields, on top of them: rights of women, health, education and laborers.

He lauded the launching of five programs that aim at empowering women, especially those who are most in need, and increasing their participation in the labor market.

In the matter of spreading the culture of human rights, several training activities were held in cooperation with Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He noted that King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue was established. On the international level, the Saudi official tackled the kingdom’s dialogue initiative among religions and cultures, as well as the establishment of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.

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