Saudi Arabia's human rights commission recommends law to tackle all racial discrimination

The Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has recommended the enactment of a law criminalizing racial discrimination to promote a culture of tolerance. (SPA/File Photo)
Updated 19 November 2019

Saudi Arabia's human rights commission recommends law to tackle all racial discrimination

  • SHRC stressed that the enactment of such a law would culminate in measures taken to combat racial discrimination

RIYADH: The Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has recommended the enactment of a law criminalizing racial discrimination to promote a culture of tolerance, respect for human rights and preserving national cohesion.

The SHRC stressed that the Islamic Shariah obliged justice and equality in rights and duties.

The state also gave the issue of racial discrimination the necessary consideration through the enactment of many regulations, where article 8 of the Basic Law of Governance stipulates that “Governance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shall be based on justice, shura (consultation), and equality in accordance with the Islamic Shariah.”

The SHRC stressed that the enactment of such a law would culminate in measures taken to combat racial discrimination, especially since the accession of the Kingdom to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination has made it an integral part of the Saudi national systems.


King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

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King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • Among the many issues expected to be discussed is a greater level of integration between Gulf countries

RIYADH: GCC leaders arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for a summit that will focus on improving integration between Gulf countries.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting will be chaired by King Salman, who met the representatives from each country as they landed.

The heads of the delegations including the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said Gulf leaders will discuss a number of important issues to enhance the process of cooperation and integration among member states in various political, defense, security, economic and social fields.

They will also review regional and international political developments, security conditions in the region, and their implications for the security and stability of the GCC countries.

Among the topics on the agenda is the war in Yemen and Iran’s interference in regional affairs.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.