Human rights in KSA secure

Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban (SPA)
Updated 02 June 2016
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Human rights in KSA secure

JEDDAH: Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, president of the Human Rights Commission, has confirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights, and its steadfast methodology derived from Islamic law.

This necessitates the protection of human rights in a way that balances the interests of the individual with that of the community.
He stressed that security, stability and prosperity are key factors in the movement of civilization toward sustainable development that respects and protects human rights through the enactment of laws and regulations. This must be accompanied by the establishment of government institutions and support for civil society institutions.
He made these observations at the tenth session of the Arab Human Rights Committee, held at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.
Al-Aiban explained that the report submitted by the Kingdom included detailed information on the efforts and achievements in the field of human rights in the Kingdom within a legal and institutional framework that promotes and protects these rights which are reinforced by control measures, and effective remedies.
He said the Kingdom is committed to all international conventions which do not conflict with the provisions of Islamic law, calling for joint action to keep human rights from politicization.
“Our region is witnessing many tragedies before which the world stands silent. First and foremost is the Palestinian tragedy, where the Palestinian people are exposed to the worst human rights violations: the killing of civilians, especially women and children; arbitrary arrests, torture, house demolitions, settlement expansion, the Judaizing of Jerusalem, and the dispossession of the Palestinian people of their most basic rights to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”
Al-Aiban highlighted the Kingdom’s humanitarian relief efforts to alleviate the sufferings of people. “The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid was established for relief work and millions of those affected have benefited.”
Hadi bin Ali Al-Yami, chairman of the Arab Human Rights Committee, thanked Saudi Arabia for its ratification of the Arab Charter of Human Rights, and its keenness to provide the first report of the commission, and the facilities provided in March for an overview on the progress of human rights. “This session is a milestone in the march of the Arab Human Rights Committee,” he said.
Ahmed Ben Helli, deputy secretary-general of the Arab League, stressed the importance of the session “especially at this crucial time that the Arab world is going through.”
He praised the “efforts made by Saudi Arabia to promote human rights, as well as the important steps taken by King Salman including the holding of municipal elections with the participation of women for the first time and giving them the right to vote.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.