HRW commends rights reforms under King Salman

HRW commends rights reforms under King Salman
Updated 31 January 2016

HRW commends rights reforms under King Salman

HRW commends rights reforms under King Salman

RIYADH: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has commended reforms undertaken by Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in the areas of women’s and workers’ rights since his coming to power last year.
According to the 26th edition of the organization’s annual report published Friday, Saudi Arabia has introduced reforms for the benefit of Saudi women and of foreign workers in the country.
The 659-page report reviews human rights in more than 90 countries around the world.
HRW which monitors the promotion of principles of freedom, democracy and human rights in the world, said that Saudi Arabia gave women the right to vote in its municipal elections last December.
The Kingdom also announced in December last year that divorced and widowed Saudi women could get separate identification cards for their children. The cards will allow the children to be enrolled in Saudi schools and receive both health care and other services.
The Council of Ministers announced in the same month its approval for a new law allowing the establishment of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for the first time in the history of the Kingdom, the report said.
According to Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s executive director for the Middle East and North Africa, Saudi Arabia introduced positive changes for women and migrant workers in 2015.
The organization attributes the reforms to King Salman. Mention was also made in the report of NGOs in promoting the principles of freedom and democracy in the world.


Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM
Updated 43 min 6 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia to reopen its embassy in Doha, says Saudi FM
  • The Saudi minister repeated the need to reach a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian conflict
  • The Jordanian minister condemned the Houthi militia’s attempts to attack Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will open its embassy in Doha within days, after completing the necessary procedures, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said in a joint press conference on Saturday with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Riyadh.
His comments follow the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signing of the Jan. 5 Al Ula agreement, which saw the reopening of the borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia..
The Saudi minister repeated the need to reach a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian conflict.
From his side, Safadi said the relationship with Saudi Arabia was historical and strategic, adding that Jordan appreciated the Kingdom’s continued support to the country in facing economic challenges.
The minister also condemned the Houthi militia’s attempts to attack Saudi Arabia, and he said he rejected Iran's interference in the region’s affairs.
He added that Jordan agreed with Saudi Arabia in promoting joint action to face current challenges.
“We are working to develop our relationship with the GCC on the security, political and economic levels,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Safadi said.
He added that peace was an Arab strategic choice, and said that Jordan looked forward to working with the new US administration.