Saudi Arabia steps up fight against human trafficking: UNODC

Judge Hatem Aly. (Twitter photo)
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Updated 28 June 2020

Saudi Arabia steps up fight against human trafficking: UNODC

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is stepping up the fight against people trafficking, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s regional representative for the GCC region.

“The Kingdom has adopted substantive reforms in combating trafficking in persons . . . UNODC highly applauds the Human Rights Commission’s efforts and values its partnership,” Judge Hatem Aly said.

The judge applauded Saudi Arabia’s anti-trafficking-in-persons efforts, especially the legal and institutional reforms implemented over the past year.

Aly noted the work of the Kingdom’s National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, chaired by the president of the Human Rights Commission (HRC), on creating the National Referral Mechanism, the first national coordination framework to help in the identification of victims, provision of necessary care and prosecution of the perpetrators of such crimes.

In a statement to the press, Aly said that these combined efforts contributed to advancing the Kingdom’s status in UN assessments and the assessments of other countries on compliance to the measures related to curb trafficking in persons.

This was reflected in the most recent Trafficking in Persons Report issued by the US Department of State, which ranked Saudi Arabia among the countries to succeed in developing a national system that addresses trafficking-in-persons challenges.

Aly said: “We shall continue to work toward additional achievements under the partnership between the UNODC and the Human Rights Commission. We are proud of what has been accomplished here. Not only did our training activities and workshops continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have actually accelerated our training schedule by leveraging virtual platforms.”

Aly said that the partnership between UNODC and HRC will continue until the Saudi model is complete and until Saudi Arabia is able to present itself as a successful model on the regional and international levels.

“The Saudi model we are creating will be the product of our joint efforts to develop a national Saudi system to combat trafficking in persons and offer the victims of these heinous crimes the care they need and the compassion they deserve,” he said.

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.


280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.