Saudi human rights delegation joins UN Geneva training program

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Updated 04 January 2020

Saudi human rights delegation joins UN Geneva training program

GENEVA: Staff from the Saudi Human Rights Commission have been taking part in an awareness training program in Switzerland.

A number of employees visited the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in Geneva, to participate in field activities including lectures and training sessions.

The trip was part of a program of initiatives, designed by the commission’s training and development department, to introduce its workers to the international human rights system of operation.

The Saudi delegation was headed by the supervisor of the commission’s international resources agency, Waleed Al-Yahya, and its director general for human resources, Sameer Batiyah.

Day one saw the party join training sessions on the function of treaty bodies, universal periodic reviewing, the role of civil society organizations in interacting with the international human rights system, and national action planning.

On the second day, delegates attended presentations run by the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights titled, “Bridging the governance gap: Lessons learned” and “National human rights institutions and access to remedies.”

The function of the UN Human Rights Council and the role of related national institutions in protecting human rights, formed the basis of awareness training on day three, with the fourth day covering treaty bodies, including the work of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and its Committee Against Torture (CAT).

A course on national reporting mechanisms and follow-ups on reports was on the program agenda for the fifth and final day when the Saudi group also attended sessions at the UN Forum on minority issues during which education, language and the human rights of minorities were discussed.

On completion of the training the delegation was taken on a tour of the OHCHR’s historic Palais Wilson headquarters and nearby Motta building.


Saudi Cabinet voices support for the territorial sovereignty of Cyprus

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the Kingdom’s economic progress. (SPA)
Updated 22 January 2020

Saudi Cabinet voices support for the territorial sovereignty of Cyprus

  • Kingdom calls for security to be maintained in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday said it was watching developments in the eastern Mediterranean “with great interest,” and called for security and stability to be maintained in the region.
The Cabinet also reviewed the Kingdom’s progress among 190 economies in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2020 report, which placed it first among GCC countries and second in the Arab world on legislative reforms relating to women.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program supports the implementation of reforms that enhance women’s role in economic development, raising the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet reviewed several reports on developments in regional and international arenas.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s assertion during the fourth session of the Arab Parliament in Cairo that its policy is based on the principles of peaceful coexistence and good neighborliness, full respect for the sovereignty and independence of states, noninterference in their internal affairs, and its belief that these principles are capable of resolving all conflicts, foremost the Arab-Israeli conflict.

HIGHLIGHT

The Cabinet reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions.

The Cabinet also reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions and to “move forward toward the aspirations of security, stability and development of Arab countries and their peoples.”
On regional affairs, the Cabinet condemned an attack on a military site in Niger, the bombing of a security checkpoint and a tax collection center in Somalia, and the terrorist strike by Houthi militia on a mosque in the Marib governorate, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
The Cabinet session also authorized the minister of foreign affairs or his deputy to sign a draft protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.
An agreement on social development between the the Kingdom and Tunisia was also approved along with a memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical cooperation with Spain.
The Cabinet also approved an agreement for scientific and geological cooperation between the Saudi Geological Survey and the Russian State Geological Company.