Freedom of expression guaranteed

Updated 22 May 2015

Freedom of expression guaranteed

RIYADH: The government guarantees freedom of expression and opposes discrimination, said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Wednesday.
“There is no difference between citizens or regions. All citizens are equal in rights and duties,” the king said while receiving Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Human Rights Commission (HRC), Mufleh Al-Qahtani, president of the National Society for Human Rights and other senior officials.
“The pillars of this state are built on Islamic law that calls for the protection of human rights; and governance in the country is based on justice, consultation and equality,” King Salman said.
He said the country’s laws are designed to protect rights, uphold justice and prevent division. “The basic system of governance insists that the state should protect human rights based on Islamic law.”
He commended the efforts of various government departments including the Justice Ministry and HRC to protect the rights of citizens and expatriates. He said the judiciary was independent and “plays a leading role in protecting human rights.” All citizens and residents in the Kingdom have the right to seek redress through the courts if they are abused in any way, he said.
King Salman said the government established the HRC to strengthen its efforts to protect everyone’s rights. He urged all government departments to cooperate with the HRC in carrying out its mission.
Saudi Arabia cooperates with the UN Human Rights Council, respects other religions and cultures, and provides assistance to the needy without discrimination, the king said.
He said the establishment of a relief center in Riyadh last week was aimed at protecting human life. He stressed the role of families in bringing up their children based on human rights principles.
Earlier, Al-Aiban commended King Salman’s efforts in this regard, including the measures by the Saudi-led coalition to restore the legitimate government in Yemen and protect its people.

‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

Updated 20 February 2020

‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

RIYADH: Over 60,000 Saudi female employees have benefited from Wusool, a female transportation program that helps ease their daily commute.

The program aims to find solutions that reduce the burden of transportation costs for Saudi female workers in the private sector by providing them with subsidies from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) for high-quality, safe and secure transportation services to and from the workplace, partnering with taxi companies through licensed smart apps.

The program aims to increase the participation of women in the labor market and increase job stability. 

The HRDF said it made amendments and updates to Wusool to ensure that the largest number of applicants benefitted from it. This comes as part of the HRDF’s support for women working in the private sector.

The procedures included amendments to the terms of enrollment in the program, including the requirement to be registered under the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), where the employee should be registered for less than 36 months, and her monthly salary should not exceed SR8,000 ($2,132). SPA Riyadh

The amendments also included a fixed monthly financial support provided by HRDF, covering 80 percent of the cost at a maximum of SR800 per month, in addition to the cancelation of the previously planned financial participation of SR200, and extending the support period to 12 months.

Women working in the private sector can register for the Wusool program by visiting