Saudi anti-graft chief praises Kingdom’s progress in tackling corruption

The headquarters of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) in Riyadh. (Courtesy of Nazaha website)
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Updated 24 January 2020

Saudi anti-graft chief praises Kingdom’s progress in tackling corruption

RIYADH: The president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) praised the progress made by the Kingdom in tackling corruption, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

According to the 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Saudi Arabia has progressed in the ranking to 51 internationally out of 180 countries, where it also placed 10 among the G20 countries. 

Transparency International releases the index annually based on perceived levels of corruption in countries. The CPI is based on a combination of surveys and assessments on corruption released by international organizations and institutions.

Nazaha chief Mazen bin Ibrahim Al-Kahmous said the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to eradicate financial and administrative corruption and instil the principles of transparency, justice, and economic reform had had a significant impact on international indicators, including the CPI.

He called for more efforts in order to meet the aspirations of the country’s leadership and improve the Kingdom’s position at an international level.

Al-Kahmous said that Saudi Arabia was witnessing a roadmap for its fight against corruption, which constitutes a key part of the Vision 2030 reform plan, and reaffirm the Kingdom’s place among the world’s most powerful 20 countries economically.  

He extended thanks to the relevant authorities for their cooperation with the commission to improve the Kingdom’s position in the field of protecting integrity and fighting corruption. 

The commission relies on cooperation with governmental bodies, which publish information on their websites and update it, along with providing the commission with full reports to present them at international meetings and communicate their content to other organizations and authorities, he added.

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

Updated 28 February 2020

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.