Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, Saudi Human Rights Commission president

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban
Updated 30 March 2019
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Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, Saudi Human Rights Commission president

Since 2009, Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban has been president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, a government body founded in 2005 to defend human rights.

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva recently, he said the Kingdom strikes a balance “between achieving the best systems and practices in the field of human rights, and the right to the development and preservation of the values of Saudi society.”

Al-Aiban was born in Riyadh in 1954, and is a former member of the Shoura Council. In 1979, he graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the same university, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, political science and international relations from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

His experience includes working for the Saudi Arabian National Guard as an undersecretary, and in its office at the Saudi Embassy in Washington.


King Salman congratulates Modi on election victory

Updated 24 May 2019
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King Salman congratulates Modi on election victory

RIYADH: King Salman telephoned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to congratulate him on his victory in India's general election.
King Salman wished Modi success and the people of India prosperity.

Read more about Modi’s landslide election victory here
The prime minister thanked King Salman for the phone call and stressed his keeness to promote and develop relations between the two countries.
Modi secured another five-year term as prime minister after winning a landslide general election victory on Thursday.