60 days until 2020 Saudi Census begins

The General Authority for Statistics (Gastat) issued the reminder on Thursday, as the final preparations continued for the Kingdom’s fifth General Census of Population, Housing and Establishments. (AN photo by Essam Al Ghalib)
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Updated 18 January 2020

60 days until 2020 Saudi Census begins

  • Residents will have 20 days to submit the required information about their families
  • For the first time, the Kingdom is using online census forms to collect the data

RIYADH: There are just 60 days to go until the start of the 2020 Saudi Census. Families will have 20 days, from Mar. 17 until Apr. 6, to submit their information.

The General Authority for Statistics (Gastat) issued the reminder on Thursday, as the final preparations continued for the Kingdom’s fifth General Census of Population, Housing and Establishments. The next phase, running from Feb. 3 until Mar. 6, involves a survey of buildings, property units and families.

Previously, census takers visited people in their homes to collect the required information about their families, but thanks to advances in technology, residents will for the first time be able to complete an online census form instead.

The 2020 Saudi Census will provide a wide range of up-to-date data about the population that will be used to plan and carry out studies and research required by development programs and plans, and to help achieve the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.

It will reveal changes in population characteristics, and the data will be used to make local, regional and international comparisons and to review and evaluate future population estimates.

As part of the preparatory work, Gastat has updated its population records and postal addresses, and the online app that people will use to enter their details has been designed and tested. Training of census workers is also continuing.

To ensure the collected information is as accurate as possible, given the changes to the collection process and the increased use of technology, Gastat has linked a number of data platforms. It is also working with the National Information Center and the Saudi Post.

Saudi Arabia conducted its first official census in 1974, the second in 1992, the third in 2004 and the fourth in 2010. As of the last census, the Kingdom’s population was 27,136,977.


Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

  • OIC secretary-general notes that the organization continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups

JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen announced on Wednesday that the OIC will adopt the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) after it is revised in accordance with international human-rights standards. The foreign ministers of the OIC member states are expected to approve the CDHRI at their meeting in Niamey, Niger in April.

 Al-Othaimeen was speaking at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), held in Geneva on Wednesday, where he highlighted some of the efforts the OIC has made to fight racism and xenophobia — including Islamophobia — claiming that they are the result of “intellectual and political resistance to cultural pluralism.”

He said the OIC, in cooperation with its partners, has prepared “a comprehensive and consensual approach to address incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion.”

Al-Othaimeen’s speech, which was delivered on his behalf by OIC Geneva Permanent Representative Nassima Baghli, stressed that terrorism, including religious extremism, is a major source of concern for the international community. He pointed out that the OIC continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups and has established the Sawt Al-Hikma (Voice of Wisdom) Center, which focuses on addressing the ideological rhetoric of extremists.

His speech also reviewed the most common human-rights violations suffered by Muslims, referring to the detailed documentation from the UN’s own human rights bodies and the OIC of discrimination and violence against the Rohingya Muslims.

Al-Othaimeen explained that America’s actions in Palestine in recent months required the OIC to stress that any peace initiative between Israel and Palestine must be consistent with legitimate rights, foremost among which is the right to self-determination.

He also stressed the OIC’s support for Kashmiris in their pursuit of their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with international resolutions and highlighted the OIC’s condemnation of Armenia’s continued occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven regions bordering Azerbaijan.