Ministry of Justice wins Social Excellence Award

Updated 31 December 2014

Ministry of Justice wins Social Excellence Award

On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz presented the Princess Seetah Excellence Award for Social Work to the Ministry of Justice for its efforts in women's empowerment.
The award was received by the Minister of Justice Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa from Prince MuqrIn at a presentation in Riyadh this week at the second session of the award dubbed the “Empowerment of divorcees and widows: Socially and economically.”
The ministry was recognized for its efforts in providing high-quality social services to relevant segments of women in society that would help them find solutions to social and family issues.
“The ministry seeks to implement its long-term strategies in social work to promote and support social responsibility programs in government institutions by providing social services and increasing the quality and attention given to female social empowerment programs within government institutions,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Fahd Al-Bakran.
He said the ministry also works to help resolve family disputes through reconciliation and mediation between spouses or individuals in the family. It also facilitates access for divorced persons who face hardships in the courts through dedicated sections in the judicial sectors by linking them to the offices of reconciliation and social services.
“The ministry has given social and family issues an important place within the objectives and strategies of the ministry by opening offices for social service in all courts in the country to contribute to the provision of social services and extension of assistance to the beneficiaries, especially in the field of matrimonial disputes,” Al-Bakran said.

Saudi heritage body applauds citizen who returned rare artifact

Ali Saad Al-Shahrani returns rare artifacts to an SCTH official in Bishah. (AN photo)
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Saudi heritage body applauds citizen who returned rare artifact

  • Aman named Ali Saad Al-Shahrani handed the rare pieces over to the SCTH office in the governorate of Bishah in Asir province.
  • A spokesman of the SCTH urged others to follow the fine example of Al-Shahrani and support the National Antiquities Recovery Campaign.

RIYADH: Six rare artifacts — some dating back to pre-Islamic times — have been handed over to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) by a Saudi citizen.

Majed Alshadeed, SCTH spokesman, told Arab News on Sunday that a man named Ali Saad Al-Shahrani handed the rare pieces over to the SCTH office in the Governorate of Bishah in Asir region.

One of the objects is a stone piece which includes verses from the Holy Qur’an, written in the bas relief style.

He praised Al-Shahrani’s gesture of support for the National Antiquities Recovery Campaign and urged others to follow his example.

However, he added that the gesture was not uncommon as people on many occasions have returned artifacts, showing keenness in supporting the commission in preserving the beautiful heritage and the antiquities of the Kingdom. Not only citizens, but expatriates too, have returned artifacts in the past, he added.

Notably, the SCTH honored the then Portugal Ambassador Manuel Carvalho last December for returning a finely crafted Saudi artifact of the Neolithic era to the commission.

Acknowledging the great gesture, Abdul Rahman Al-Jassas, the Executive Director of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Initiative, delivered a certificate of appreciation from SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman to the outgoing ambassador.

Praising the move Mohammed Al-Omrah, director general, SCTH branch for Asir region, thanked the citizen for supporting the national initiative, calling for those who have artifacts to hand them in to the SCTH or its branches in the various regions and governates.

Al-Omrah added that the National Antiquities Recovery Campaign was launched by SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman.

The SCTH runs a campaign fostering awareness of the importance of returning heritage artifacts and has honored citizens and foreigners who have returned archaeological objects to the commission.

The SCTH held an exhibition for the recovered antiquities and holds a register of the people who give back relics and artifacts. Some of them were honored during the opening ceremony of the first Saudi Archaeology Convention in Riyadh last year.