Kingdom calls for high safety standards at nuclear facilities

Updated 18 December 2012
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Kingdom calls for high safety standards at nuclear facilities

Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to adopt practical measures in the realization of higher safety standards at nuclear facilities.
Hashim bin Abdullah Yamani, president of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), addressed the Fukushima ministerial conference on nuclear safety in Japan on Saturday.
He called on world powers to foster a culture of nuclear safety, compliance with standards and regulatory transparent reporting.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), organizers of the Fukushima conference, emphasized the need to strengthen their central role in international efforts to enhance global nuclear safety through the implementation of their Nuclear Safety Action Plan.
The conference was an opportunity for participants at government and expert levels, to share further knowledge and lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident, and to further enhance transparency.
In his address, Yamani focused on the importance of cooperation with the IAEA which collaborates with member states to promote safe nuclear technology.
He said he valued the comprehensive reports by the Japanese government on the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, pollution removal programs and rehabilitation efforts in the vicinity.
The IAEA recognized progress by Japan in response to the accident, including the achievement of the present stable status of the nuclear power station and the significant decrease in radioactive releases at the site.
Despite the fear and concern generated by the Fukushima accident toward nuclear energy worldwide, nuclear energy is still considered to be one of the solutions to meeting the global demand for energy. Yamani said: “The incident contributed enormously to increased dedication by all countries to develop safety systems and independent national regulatory agencies who are qualified to avoid an occurrence of past accidents, ensure the well-being of citizens, sustain energy supplies and protect the environment.”
Yamani reaffirmed the Kingdom’s desire to continue with its ambitious program to develop atomic and renewable energy sources and realize developmental requirements based on economic and environmental sustainability.


More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

In this file photo, expatriate workers are seen outside a Labor Ministry office in Riyadh to fix their status in the Kingdom. In the past seven months, Saudi authorities have arrested more than 1.25 foreigners for violating residential and labor laws. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

  • Of the total arrested, 931,069 were violators of residential regulations,  218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 tried to gain entry into the Kingdom illegally.
  • The crackdown started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14.

JEDDAH: More than 1.25 million people were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residential, labor and border security regulations during the Kingdom’s months-long campaign.

The crackdown, which started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14, saw the arrests of 1,251,966 people in the joint security field campaign across the Kingdom. Those arrested included 931,069 violators of residential regulations, 218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 violators of border security regulations.

The total number of people arrested attempting to cross the Kingdom’s borders stood at 19,233 people. Of those arrested, 54 percent were Yemenis, 43 percent Ethiopian, and 3 percent from other nations. 

The Kingdom also arrested 790 people who tried to leave the Kingdom illegally.

There were 2,167 people who were arrested for harboring and transporting violators of labor and security border regulations, and 415 citizens were arrested for transporting and sheltering expatriates violating regulations. Regulatory measures were taken against 388 citizens who were subsequently released. 

The number of expatriates currently detained stands at 10,245, including 8,817 men and 1,428 women. Immediate penalties were imposed on 221,404 violators while 177,329 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions for travel documents and 327,034 were deported.