Saudi Human rights body affirms support for anti-discrimination laws

Updated 19 December 2017
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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, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.