Passport Dept cautioned over expats’ rights

Updated 26 January 2013
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Passport Dept cautioned over expats’ rights

The National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) has sent a loud and clear message to the Passport Department in Makkah after it detected a number of violations inside its corridors.
The commission said in a recent report that the Passport Department failed to implement the Interior Ministry’s order to renew the iqama of any expatriate having a dispute with his\her sponsor in court.
The commission said the order had not been implemented due to an overlap of responsibilities between the police and the Passport Department when reporting a missing passport.
The commission also noted that expatriates were not allowed to enter the Passport Department without their sponsors accompanying them.
A source from the commission told a local newspaper that the way the Passport Department treats expatriates must be re-evaluated.
“We received a number of complaints from expatriates detained by the Passport Department for deportation that they were treated inhumanely and put in unclean detention cells in the expatriate control unit," said the source.
It was alleged that sponsors of expatriates also committed violations by confiscating their official documents despite a Cabinet decree, the source said. The commission said there should be a regulation to protect the rights of expatriate children born to Saudi mothers until they obtain citizenship.


KSA setting up commission to help disabled people integrate with mainstream society

Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR), speaks in Riyadh on May 25, 2018
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KSA setting up commission to help disabled people integrate with mainstream society

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman says the King Salman Center for Disability Research, which he chairs, will act as the commission's scientific arm…
  • Saudi people are aware of the challenges that people with special needs and their families face, and appreciate the positive contributions they make to society, says Prince Sultan.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will set up a high-powered national commission to help disabled people in the Kingdom integrate with mainstream society.

“The creation of this new commission is an important step, a historic move,” said Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR), on Friday.

Prince Sultan, who is also chairman of the Riyadh-based Disabled Children Association (DCA) and president and chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), said that “the creation of the national commission by King Salman is a very important decision.”

“The commission is now under establishment. I am working closely with the Ministry of Labor on this,” he said.

“We are waiting for the announcement of the chief executive officer of the new commission.” The government will announce the commission’s board members shortly, he said.

Prince Sultan said: “The KSCDR will be working with the commission as the latter’s scientific arm… we will complement each other.”

Prince Sultan said the recent International Conference for Disability and Rehabilitation in Riyadh was “probably the biggest forum ever held in Saudi Arabia in terms of focusing on issues faced by people suffering from mental and physical disabilities.” 

More than 5,000 participants from around the world attended the conference in April.

Saudi people are aware of the challenges that people with special needs and their families face, and appreciate the positive contributions they make to society, Prince Sultan said.