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.


KSA highlights support for Bosnia massacre victims

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan al Saud delivers a speech during the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. (AFP)
Updated 13 July 2020

KSA highlights support for Bosnia massacre victims

  • The minister added that King Salman continued to support and stand by Bosnia and Herzegovina, further confirming the unique and friendly relations between the two countries

GENEVA: Saudi Arabia participated in the 25th anniversary memorial of the Srebrenica genocide that took place in July 1995.
Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah delivered the Kingdom’s speech via video conference.
He conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sefik Dzaferovic, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and dignitaries who were participating in the event.
The minister affirmed that Saudi Arabia stood side by side with its brothers, the families of the victims of the massacre.
He said: “Our participation on behalf of Saudi Arabia, its leaders, government, and people, is a humanitarian and moral obligation that the Saudi leadership stands by every year.”
The minister added that King Salman continued to support and stand by Bosnia and Herzegovina, further confirming the unique and friendly relations between the two countries.