Dr. Fahd Al-Mutairi, diplomat at the KSA’s UN Mission in Geneva

Updated 30 March 2019

Dr. Fahd Al-Mutairi, diplomat at the KSA’s UN Mission in Geneva

Dr. Fahd Al-Mutairi has been the head of the human rights section at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland since July 2016.

In February, he was given the additional responsibility to work as a counselor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Al-Mutairi obtained a master’s degree in law from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California in 2008. He earned his Ph.D. in political science and government from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea in 2016.

Following the terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Al-Mutairi said: “The Kingdom has warned repeatedly of the dangers of racist rhetoric.”

Speaking during a discussion panel on the mitigation and countering of rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Al-Mutairi expressed his deepest condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack in New Zealand. 

He expressed concern about some racist speeches and policies in certain countries, including Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Britain, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

Al-Mutairi expressed the Kingdom’s deep concern about the leniency and favoritism shown to some of those who support the rhetoric of extremism, hatred and violence.

“There are those who welcome these despicable speeches in some parliaments of these countries while welcoming the pretext of freedom of opinion and expression,” he said. “We call on these countries to pass laws that limit racism against Muslims.”


Saudi Arabia to make coronavirus vaccine free for citizens and residents

Updated 27 min 23 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to make coronavirus vaccine free for citizens and residents

  • It hopes the vaccines would cover 70 percent of the Kingdom’s population by the end of 2021

RIYADH: The Saudi health ministry announced Monday that it would make the coronavirus vaccine available for free to all citizens and residents, according to Saudi channel Al Ekhbariya. 
The ministry said it hopes the vaccines would cover 70 percent of the Kingdom’s population by the end of 2021.
The ministry said on Monday it had recorded 231 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 355,489 cases, including 5,877 active cases receiving necessary medical care.
Sixteen new deaths have been reported, bringing the total deaths to 5,796.