Report on Saudi efforts to preserve human rights approved by UN

Al-Aiban thanked the president of the Human Rights Council for his efforts to make the work of the council a success. (AFP)
Updated 11 November 2018

Report on Saudi efforts to preserve human rights approved by UN

  • Al-Aiban stressed Saudi Arabia’s keenness to cooperate with the council and its mechanisms and procedures, particularly the Universal Periodic Review

JEDDAH: The UN Human Rights Council approved the adoption of a report on the third Universal Periodic Review of Saudi Arabia, after discussing it four days earlier. The UPR is a process under which UN member states have the opportunity to declare the actions they have taken to improve human rights and fulfil their human rights obligations.
The report by the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review contained 258 recommendations for the Kingdom relating to various human rights issues.
Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, said they would be positively considered and studied by specialized committees and working groups, including governmental and non-governmental bodies in collaboration with civil society organizations.
One of the recommendations contained in the report is for an impartial and transparent investigation into the recent death in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Al-Aiban said this is in line with King Salman’s directives to hold accountable all those involved and to review procedures and structures to prevent a sad and painful event from happening again.
Al-Aiban thanked the president of the Human Rights Council for his efforts to make the work of the council a success. He also thanked the Troika Group, comprising China, Tunisia and Belgium, and the Universal Periodic Review Secretariat for their work as part of the process for the Kingdom’s review.
He stressed Saudi Arabia’s keenness to cooperate with the council and its mechanisms and procedures, particularly the Universal Periodic Review, which is considered to greatly contribute to improving human rights around the world through a constructive framework based on equality, cooperation and understanding of the cultural diversity of countries and societies, enriching the deliberations of the council.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.