Shoura Council urges program to ready Saudi experts for UN human rights roles

Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, assistant speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council, addresses the 33rd ordinary session in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Updated 09 April 2020

Shoura Council urges program to ready Saudi experts for UN human rights roles

riyadh: The Saudi Shoura Council on Wednesday urged the setting up of a special program to prepare experts from the Kingdom to take up top human rights roles within the UN.

During the council’s 33rd ordinary session, chaired by its assistant speaker Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, delegates called on the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) to cooperate with the relevant authorities to establish a qualifying program to ready Saudis specialized in human rights to become the country’s representatives at the UN on the issue.

The meeting also asked the HRC to create a database and produce annual statistics relating to human rights conditions in the Kingdom, in accordance with international standards.

Shoura Council members pointed out that systems would need to be put in place to measure quality standards and progress toward implementing the UN’s sustainable development plan for 2030.

In addition, the HRC was requested to oversee the launch of community awareness programs to help curb incidents of violence, especially against women and children.

On other matters, the council demanded that the Saudi Ministry of Transport work with the relevant authorities to improve, where necessary, road services while also drawing up a plan to provide integrated services for users of all the Kingdom’s highways.

It also urged the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) to investigate ways of attracting investment in the aquaculture industry, and projects to manufacture agricultural products. The council decided that a comprehensive ADF plan was also needed to help hit sustainable agricultural rural development program funding targets.


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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 32 more deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 1,975 new cases of the disease on Thursday.
Of the new cases, 675 were recorded in Riyadh, 286 in Makkah, 259 in Jeddah, 124 in Madinah and 112 in Hufof.
The health ministry added that 806 more people have recovered from the virus, taking the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 68,965.
A total of 611 people have died of the disease in the Kingdom so far.
Health minister Dr. Tawfiq Rabiah urged all citizens and residents earlier this week to wear a mask to help stop the spread of the virus.
“The transmission of COVID-19 will be significantly reduced If everyone commits to wearing a mask when leaving their homes. We urge you to comply with healthy precautionary measures, and ask that you remind those who do not adhere,” he said.