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.


Saudi Arabia condemns attack on church in Burkina Faso

Updated 20 February 2020

Saudi Arabia condemns attack on church in Burkina Faso

  • Gunmen killed 24 people, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others in the attack in Dori
  • More than 1,300 civilians were killed in attacks last year in Burkina Faso, more than seven times the previous year

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has condemned a terror attack on a church in northeast Burkina Faso in which 24 people were killed and three kidnapped.

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the Kingdom’s condolences to families of the victims, and the government and people of Burkina Faso, and reiterated its rejection of violence, terrorism and extremism.

On Sunday, gunmen killed 24 people, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others in Burkina Faso. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation. Sihanri Osangola Brigadie, mayor of Boundore commune, said the attack occurred in the town of Pansi in Yagha province. 

About 20 attackers separated men from women outside a Protestant church. At least 18 people were injured.

“It hurt me when I saw the people,” Brigadie said after visiting some victims in a hospital in Dori town, 180 km from the attack.

Both Christians and Muslims were killed before the church was set on fire, a government security official said. Attacks have targeted religious leaders in the area in the past. 

Last week a retired pastor was killed and another abducted by gunmen, according to an internal security report for aid workers.

More than 1,300 civilians were killed in attacks last year in Burkina Faso, more than seven times the previous year, according to Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, which collects and analyzes conflict information.

The insecurity has created a humanitarian crisis. More than 760,000 people have been forced from their homes in the country, according to the government.