Saudi Arabia presents its take on human rights at global forum in Beijing

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President of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19. (SPA)
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President of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19. (SPA)
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President of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19. (SPA)
Updated 18 September 2018

Saudi Arabia presents its take on human rights at global forum in Beijing

JEDDAH: Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19.
Al-Aiban started his participation by meeting Huang Kunming, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the publicity department of the CPC Central Committee.
Then Al-Aiban attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Forum on Human Rights, which focuses on poverty elimination and seeking common development to build a community of shared future for human beings.
In his address to the forum, Al-Aiban noted that the term of sustainable development involves deep awareness of the relation between human and resources in general and natural resources in particular.
The most important challenge facing sustainable development is the need to eradicate poverty by encouraging balanced production and consumption patterns without over-reliance on natural resources, he said.
He stressed that the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 grasped this by introducing a series of programs and initiatives and by restructuring the government support system to promote sustainable development in the Kingdom and overcome its challenges. “Vision 2030 adopted by the Council of Ministers on April 25, 2016 represents the first real and serious implementation of the right to development in the Kingdom,” he said.
Al-Aiban pointed out that the dimensions of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 can be understood through the speech of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who affirmed that our real wealth lies in the ambition of our people and the potential of our younger generation. They are our nation’s pride and the architects of our future.
“The right to development is a top priority for the Kingdom, established in Vision 2030 through a plethora of programs and initiatives that aims to involve Saudi citizens in preparing and then achieving this vision and reviewing its developmental implications through systematic institutional work that is based on transparency, governance and fighting corruption, which in turn is conducive to a more sustainable and prosperous development reality, meeting human needs in all aspects of life,” he said.
Al-Aiban also emphasized the role of the Kingdom in promoting and protecting all issues related to women’s rights, being a key partner in the process of building and development.


Saudi Arabia clarifies travel rules on students studying abroad

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Saudi Arabia clarifies travel rules on students studying abroad

  • General Directorate of Passports says all students are exempt from requiring permit from guardian
  • Exemption applies even if they are under 21 and traveling abroad to study

RIYADH: All Saudi students studying oversees will no longer need a permit from their guardians when they travel, even if they are under the age of 21.

Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports announced Monday that students will only require proof of their scholarship from the Ministry of Education.

The clarification comes after a sweeping set of reforms announced in a royal decree last month gave the right of every Saudi citizen to obtain a passport. A guardian’s approval is only needed for children.

Ther passports directorate also said Monday that after the death of both parents, a sibling above the age of 21 can provide a travel permit to a minor, provided he or she has been designated the legal guardian by a judge’s order.

The July 30 royal decree was widely welcomed in both the Kingdom and around the world. Among the most important changes to the law was that Saudi women no longer required permission from a male guardian to travel or obtain a passport.