Saudi judiciary preserves human rights, says minister

Saudi Justice Minister Dr. Walid Al-Samaani meets the chairman of the Supreme Court of Belarus, Valentin Sukalo, in Minsk. SPA
Updated 28 September 2019

Saudi judiciary preserves human rights, says minister

  • “The Saudi judiciary applies fair trial standards, preserves the rights and balances between protecting society’s interest and achieving justice,” says minister

MINSK: Saudi Justice Minister Dr. Walid Al-Samaani has said that the Saudi judiciary preserves and protects human rights, during a visit to the Economic Court and the Supreme Court in Minsk, Belarus.

Al-Samaani met the chairman of the Supreme Court, Valentin Sukalo, and judicial officials, during the visit.

“There are numerous Saudi laws that protect human rights, such as the Basic Law of Governance that stresses the state’s responsibility to preserve these rights and the judicial procedures that constantly stipulate the rights of the parties to the case at all stages,” Al-Samaani said.

“Judicial guarantees adopted by the Saudi judiciary focus on the right of everyone to litigation that ensures equality between the parties to the case during hearings, in addition to preserving the dignity of the accused.”

“The Kingdom’s judicial system, due to King Salman’s and the crown prince’s support, witnessed the launching and implementation of many initiatives and projects that contributed to the development of Saudi justice and made qualitative leaps in all judicial areas,” he said.

Al-Samaani said that the Basic Law of Governance established high standards and noble principles governing the Kingdom’s criminal justice system. “These standards and principles protect values, maintain security, preserve the rights of the parish and achieve social serenity,” he said.

“The Saudi judiciary applies fair trial standards, preserves the rights and balances between protecting society’s interest and achieving justice.”

Al-Samaani showcased the Saudi courts’ specializations and degrees, pointing out that “the Saudi Supreme Court adopts the judiciary’s general principles and rules. It also reviews some types of verdicts and decisions issued or endorsed by the courts of appeal. Saudis may also appeal to the Supreme Court in cases specified by the regulations.”

This visit comes within the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries’ ministries of justice last year. It aims to promote international partnerships, benefit from international judicial experiences, exchange expertise and cooperate in the provision of judicial and legal assistance and train human resources to implement the best judicial and legal practices.

World leaders call for courage as virus death toll nears 70,000

Updated 06 April 2020

World leaders call for courage as virus death toll nears 70,000

  • Be strong, Pope Francis says
  • US faces ‘Pearl Harbor moment’

JEDDAH: World leaders urged people on Sunday to show courage and strength in fighting the coronavirus pandemic as the global death toll approached 70,000 from more than 1.25 million cases of infection.

Pope Francis described the outbreak as a tragedy, Queen Elizabeth of the UK offered her personal thanks to frontline health workers, and Americans were warned that they faced the “hardest and the saddest week” of their lives.

Saudi Arabia reported five more deaths from the virus, bringing the total to 34. The number of confirmed cases rose by 206 to 2,385, the highest among Gulf Arab states.

The Foreign Ministry will register requests this week from Saudis abroad who want to return home, with priority given to the elderly, pregnant women and people in countries most affected by the pandemic. Those who return are subject to a 14-day quarantine, and about 11,000 hotel rooms have been set aside for them.

The Health Ministry warned that too many people were ignoring advice to stay at home. “Unfortunately, there is still more than 40 percent mobility in shopping and outdoor activities. This is a very alarming percentage,”ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said.

“We are all in this boat together, and those who risk their own lives by going out for no urgent need are risking everybody else’s lives too.”

The six Gulf states have reported 6,757 cases of infection and 54 deaths from the coronavirus. The UAE, where 1,505 people have been infected and 10 have died, will increase its stockpile of strategic goods and waive residency visa fines for the rest of the year, said the prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.

In Rome, on Palm Sunday, a Christian religious festival, Pope Francis celebrated mass by live stream with St.Peter’s Square empty of the usual huge crowds.

“Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love’,” he said.

Queen Elizabeth gave a rare special address to the British people, only the fourth in her 68-year reign. She praised frontline health workers and more than 750,000 people who volunteered to help the state-run National Health Service.

“I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge, and those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any,” she said.

In the US, as the death toll approached 10,000, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said: “This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives … our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment.”