More efforts urged against human trafficking in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad
Updated 09 October 2019

More efforts urged against human trafficking in Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Arabia is taking different measures to combat human trafficking

RIYADH: The Permanent Anti-Human Trafficking Committee on Tuesday held its 13th meeting this year, headed by Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission.
He stressed the need for more efforts to combat human trafficking, and ordered the provision of the committee’s general secretariat with the latest relevant data in detail, so as to be able to develop reports that can be presented to international organizations.
Representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and committee members, reviewed the ministry’s plans to protect workers’ rights and improve the contractual relationship between employer and employee.
Saudi Arabia is taking different measures to combat human trafficking. In July, the Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Organization for Migration to enhance cooperation in technical issues related to human trafficking and preventing it.


Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drones launched toward Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait

Updated 01 June 2020

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drones launched toward Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait

  • Houthi attacks on residential areas continue to violate international law says Coalition spokesman
  • Al-Maliki says deterrent measures against the terrorist Houthi militia to neutralize and destroy these capabilities rigorously will continue

RIYADH: The Arab coalition has intercepted two drones on Monday that were launched by the Houthis toward residential areas in the southwestern Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt.

In a statement Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki confirmed the attack by the Houthis.

“The Houthi militia continues to violate the customary International Humanitarian Law by launching and deliberately targeting civilians and densely populated civilian areas with UAVs, threatening the lives of hundreds of civilians in the process,” Al-Maliki added.

He said the attacks were another “confirmation of rejection of the ceasefire and de-escalation initiative announced by the Coalition on (April 9, 2020).”

Al-Maliki said Houthi ceasefire violations now exceeded 5,000, in a variety of attacks using various weapons.

“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition continues to undertake all deterrent measures against the terrorist Houthi militia to neutralize and destroy these capabilities rigorously, and in accordance with the customary International Humanitarian Law,” he added.