Saudi Arabia presents its take on human rights at global forum in Beijing

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President of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19. (SPA)
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President of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19. (SPA)
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President of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19. (SPA)
Updated 18 September 2018

Saudi Arabia presents its take on human rights at global forum in Beijing

JEDDAH: Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Beijing Forum on Human Rights in Beijing on Sept. 18-19.
Al-Aiban started his participation by meeting Huang Kunming, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the publicity department of the CPC Central Committee.
Then Al-Aiban attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Forum on Human Rights, which focuses on poverty elimination and seeking common development to build a community of shared future for human beings.
In his address to the forum, Al-Aiban noted that the term of sustainable development involves deep awareness of the relation between human and resources in general and natural resources in particular.
The most important challenge facing sustainable development is the need to eradicate poverty by encouraging balanced production and consumption patterns without over-reliance on natural resources, he said.
He stressed that the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 grasped this by introducing a series of programs and initiatives and by restructuring the government support system to promote sustainable development in the Kingdom and overcome its challenges. “Vision 2030 adopted by the Council of Ministers on April 25, 2016 represents the first real and serious implementation of the right to development in the Kingdom,” he said.
Al-Aiban pointed out that the dimensions of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 can be understood through the speech of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who affirmed that our real wealth lies in the ambition of our people and the potential of our younger generation. They are our nation’s pride and the architects of our future.
“The right to development is a top priority for the Kingdom, established in Vision 2030 through a plethora of programs and initiatives that aims to involve Saudi citizens in preparing and then achieving this vision and reviewing its developmental implications through systematic institutional work that is based on transparency, governance and fighting corruption, which in turn is conducive to a more sustainable and prosperous development reality, meeting human needs in all aspects of life,” he said.
Al-Aiban also emphasized the role of the Kingdom in promoting and protecting all issues related to women’s rights, being a key partner in the process of building and development.


Lebanese designer celebrates Saudi Arabia’s hidden treasure through art

Miriam El-Moula says she feels like she was born with art in her DNA.
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Lebanese designer celebrates Saudi Arabia’s hidden treasure through art

  • Miriam El-Moula marks Saudi Arabia’s culture and heritage through sustainable artworks

RIYADH: Defectless, a six-month-old lifestyle brand, is inspired by revealing hidden beauty. It started by highlighting the diversity of Saudi Arabia’s landscape. Unlocking the once-hidden treasures and memorializing them into contemporary and sustainable art pieces.
“I want to create pieces that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but that tell stories of people and places and inspire human progress,” 24-year-old artist Miraim El-Moula told Arab News.
“That is why I am so inspired by what’s happening in Saudi Arabia and the emergence of these new destinations. These destinations were hidden from the world. Now they are shocking the consciousness of many artists, me included, with the beauty of their nature, heritage, and people. They are worth being celebrated.”
Her designs are from four different regions in Saudi Arabia: Asir, AlUla, the Red Sea, and Riyadh. “That’s what I want to show people, that Saudi is not just a desert country. It is much more,” she said.
Hand sculpted from pure marble El-Moula’s latest creation is the Guardian of AlUla. “To me, the elephant rock is a natural wonder that stood the test of time. It is proof that nature is the ultimate artist.”

I love touching material and matching colors. Creating a new piece of art brings me internal happiness.

Miriam El-Moula

Inspired by the people of Asir and the community of the southern city, she recreated Asir Fortress in a contemporary handcrafted way. “I was inspired: On the one hand, the fortress represents the warriors who dedicated their lives to protect their lands, and on the other, Al-Qat pattern, engraved on it, represents the woman of Asir who enriched this community with their vibrant, colorful art.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• Miriam El-Moula’s designs are from four different regions in Saudi Arabia: Asir, AlUla, the Red Sea, and Riyadh.

• Inspired by the people of Asir and the community of the southern city, she recreated Asir Fortress in a contemporary handcrafted way.

• She uses sustainable materials, such as concrete, to replicate the age-old corals. The center is covered with gold making it a beautiful centerpiece.

• A marble tray made out of gold bowls that represent the historic Diriyah buildings — home to the leaders of Saudi Arabia — when conjoined is a representation of the UNESCO heritage site.

“Red Sea Siglia” was created by her inspiration from the marine treasures of the Red Sea. “These coral reefs are 6,000 years old and irreplaceable. They are a gift to mankind that must be celebrated and protected.”
She uses sustainable materials, such as concrete, to replicate the age-old corals. The center is covered with gold making it a beautiful centerpiece.
A marble tray made out of gold bowls that represent the historic Diriyah buildings — home to the leaders of Saudi Arabia — when conjoined is a representation of the UNESCO heritage site.
El-Moula knew from the beginning she wanted to be a designer. As a schoolgirl, she was infatuated with art class and even skipped other classes in school in order to develop her beloved passion.
“I feel like I was born with art in my DNA,” she said. “I love to look at spaces and always have an opinion on how they can look better. I love touching material and matching colors. Creating a new piece of art brings me internal happiness.”
Her first art display will be at Winter of Tantoura in AlUla.