13 women appointed to Saudi Human Rights Commission

Saudi Arabia seeks to further women’s empowerment in the country. (SPA)
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Updated 03 July 2020

13 women appointed to Saudi Human Rights Commission

  • The move is in line with efforts made by the kingdom’s leadership to enable women to occupy leading positions in various fields
  • Half of the positions on the commission’s council will be occupied by women

RIYADH: Thirteen women have been appointed to the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) under a royal decree issued by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

The appointments mean half of the positions on the commission’s council will be occupied by women — a major step in furthering women’s empowerment in the country.

“Appointing 13 women as members of the HRC council, with a total of 26 members, is in line with efforts made by the kingdom’s leadership to enable women to occupy leading positions in various fields, and helps achieve what is best for the country,” said Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, head of the HRC.

He thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for issuing the royal decree to form the commission’s council in its fourth session for a period of four years.

Al-Awwad said that the Saudi leadership’s support and guidance had a great impact on the HRC mission to promote and consolidate human rights principles for the benefit of Saudis and expats.

Meanwhile, the kingdom’s National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT), in cooperation with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has completed a comprehensive four-part training program for 350 participants from all 13 of the kingdom’s regions involved in collecting and managing data on crimes involving people trafficking.

The program is the latest in a comprehensive series of training initiatives that followed the establishment in March of the kingdom’s first National Referral Mechanism, a framework to identify and support potential victims of people trafficking.

Almost a dozen Saudi ministries and authorities, as well as other government and non-government bodies, are involved in the initiative.

Sarah Al-Tamimi, NCCHT’s vice-chair, said: “The completion of this phase of training is part of a holistic agenda that tackles people trafficking from a diversity of angles. We are committed to combating this abominable crime and protecting everyone, without exception, in the kingdom.”

She added: “This is a crime that knows no borders and requires all of us to work together toward its eradication.”

Judge Hatem Fouad, UNODC representative for the Gulf region, said: “Our partnership with the kingdom reflects the reality of the complex, international and multifaceted fight against trafficking in persons.

“I thank the committee members and vice-chair Sarah Al-Tamimi for their fruitful cooperation, and I thank the participants of the training sessions for continuing to improve the kingdom’s anti-trafficking response,” he said.


DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

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DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

  • The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season

RIYADH: US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid has lauded the Kingdom for its successful and safe organization of the curtailed Hajj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season and expressed his appreciation for the country’s generosity.

“On behalf of the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, I extend our best wishes to all Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha,” Abizaid said in a statement.

He thanked the Saudi leadership for the care and services provided to the specially selected group of around 1,000 pilgrims of various nationalities allowed to perform Hajj.

“I would also like to express our deep appreciation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten, and Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh for the government’s actions to protect the health of those participating in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. 

“I also extend our gratitude to the people of Saudi Arabia for their kind hospitality, friendship, and generosity during Eid and throughout the eight decades of our two countries’ close partnership. May the prayers for peace of all people around the world be heard,” he added.

Separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) also commended Saudi Arabia for its efforts in organizing Hajj.

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the steps taken by the Kingdom to ensure the safety of pilgrims and said the preventive measures had set an example for other countries to follow in working toward lifting COVID-19 restrictions.