Saudi Human rights body affirms support for anti-discrimination laws

Updated 19 December 2017

Saudi Human rights body affirms support for anti-discrimination laws

JEDDAH: The National Society for Human Rights has affirmed its support for anti-discrimination laws.
In a recent tweet, the NSHR said: “The principle of #No_discrimination is a comprehensive principle in international human rights law. It has been affirmed by all major human rights treaties.”
The NSHR is striving to contribute to building a just and equal society in accordance with the Islamic laws that call for tolerance and reject injustice and extremism.
The rights body has affirmed that discrimination in the provision of services or in organizational policies is a blatant violation of laws.
Dima Al-Shareef, a Saudi legal expert, told Arab News: “A project to study discriminatory practices was launched under the umbrella of the
Saudi Shoura Council.”
According to the expert, based on the study new recommendations would be proposed and put to the vote for further action.
“The (existing legal) system proposes seven-year imprisonment and a fine starting from SR500,000 ($133,290) for anyone (found guilty of) contempt for a particular religion or group or race,” Al-Shareef added.
She explained that racial discrimination is defined in Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1965.
It states that racial discrimination is “any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, color, descent or national origin or ethnic groups, that targets or entails the disruption or impediment to the recognition, enjoyment or equal exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.”


Saudi Arabia announces 35 more deaths from COVID-19

Updated 14 August 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 35 more deaths from COVID-19

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 262,959
  • A total of 3,338 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 35 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,383 new cases of the disease on Friday.

Of the new cases, 81 were recorded in Makkah, 77 in Hail, 69 in Jeddah and 63 in Riyadh.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 262,959 after 2,566 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 3,338 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

On Thursday, the health ministry announced Saudi Arabia had conducted more than 4 million COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests since the beginning of the outbreak.