Organization of Islamic Cooperation rights commission condemns killing of innocent Palestinians

Updated 17 May 2018
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation rights commission condemns killing of innocent Palestinians

The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) condemned in the strongest terms the arbitrary killing of at least 60 Palestinians, including children, by the Israeli Occupation Forces, using live fire against innocent civilians protesting the illegal inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. 

IPHRC reiterated its firm view that the shifting of the US Embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem is a dangerous and illegal unilateral act that not only contravenes international law, but also goes against all UN Security Council, General Assembly and Human Rights Council Resolutions, which affirm the status of Al-Quds as an occupied territory under Israel, the occupying power, since 1967. AN Jeddah

IPHRC endorsed the latest statement issued by the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination on May 14 that urged Israel, the occupying power, to put an immediate end to the disproportionate use of force against Palestinian demonstrators, to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties and to ensure prompt and unimpeded access to medical treatment to injured Palestinians as well as to initiate an impartial investigation into the use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in compliance with international standards and hold those responsible accountable.

The Commission also stressed the adverse implications of this move on the prospects for a two-state solution, which has been the cornerstone of a possible lasting solution in the Arab-Israel conflict, and urged the international community, in particular the OIC member states, to denounce this illegal move and to reiterate the international consensus on the status of Al-Quds, as a cornerstone of any sustainable peace solution in the region. 


Saudi Red Sea project to offer visa on arrival for tourists

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Saudi Red Sea project to offer visa on arrival for tourists

  • Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project has been registered as a standalone company
  • The venture will be will be headed by John Pagano, former director of London’s Canary Wharf business zone

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea project will offer visas on arrival for overseas visitors following the creation of a company to deliver the ambitious project.
The project marked a milestone on Sunday with its incorporation as a standalone closed joint-stock company, The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), wholly owned by the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).
The company, which in October announced Virgin Group founder Richard Branson as one of its board members, on Sunday said it had recruited John Pagano, the former managing director of development for the UK’s Canary Wharf Group as its chief executive.
The newly-incorporated company will now move forward with the creation of its Special Economic Zone, with its own regulatory framework, it said in a statement.
The framework will be separate from the base economy, with a special emphasis on environmental sustainability, and will offering visa on entry, relaxed social norms, and improved business regulations.
“The destination will provide a unique sense of place for visitors and offer nature lovers, adventurers, cultural explorers and guests looking to escape and rejuvenate, a wide range of exclusive experiences, combining luxury, tranquillity, adventure and beautiful landscapes,” said Pagano.
The first phase of The Red Sea Project — which will occupy an area greater than the size of Belgium between the cities of Al-Wajh and Umluj — will include hotels and residential units, along with a new costal town, an airport and a marina, and is due for completion by late 2022, the company said.
Authorities hope the project will create as many as 35,000 jobs and contribute SR15 billion ($3.99 billion) to the local economy.
The project, unveiled last July by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is one of the key developments in Saudi Arabia’s strategy to develop its tourism sector, alongside Qiddiya, an entertainment resort near Riyadh that will be two-and-a-half times the size of Disney World.
The country’s Vision 2030 economic development plan is targeting the creation of 1.2 million new jobs in the Saudi tourism sector by 2030.