Rights, legal frameworks on agenda of Saudi anti-trafficking workshop

Importance in combating human trafficking was affirmed. (AFP)
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Updated 07 July 2020

Rights, legal frameworks on agenda of Saudi anti-trafficking workshop

JEDDAH: More than 50 members of the Saudi National Committee of Workers Committees (SNCWC) benefited from a two-day workshop on the rights, responsibilities and legal frameworks regarding combating human trafficking.

Organized by the Saudi Human Rights Commission’s National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the workshop was part the SNCWC’s mandate to safeguard labor rights in the Kingdom.

Nasser Al-Jaryad, SNCWC chairman and chair of this year’s Labor20, one of the G20’s engagement groups, opened the event by affirming the SNCWC’s importance in combating human trafficking.

“It’s the committee’s mission to promote human rights in general and workers’ rights in particular. We take this mission very seriously, and we take the fight against trafficking very seriously,” he said.

Experts from various organizations participated in the training sessions.

“The IOM will spare no effort in continuing to support the Saudi anti-trafficking committee in carrying out its tasks successfully,” said Mohammed Zarkani, head of the IOM mission in Bahrain.

“We’re glad to be a key partner in the Kingdom’s effort, and we hope to build on recent momentum for the coming years.”

Sarah Al-Tamimi, vice chair of the NCCHT, said the SNCWC “has an important role to play here. Their access and insights are invaluable to the protection of workers and the fight against trafficking at large. We look forward to building on this fruitful partnership.”

 
 


Saudi Arabia’s civil defense rescues hundreds from floods after torrential rain

Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi Arabia’s civil defense rescues hundreds from floods after torrential rain

  • More than 600 people have been provided with shelter
  • The Asir region was the hardest hit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s civil defense has saved almost 700 people after torrential rain caused flooding in several areas of the Kingdom.
Between July 26 to Aug. 4, 77 people including 11 families, have been rescued in Makkah, Madinah, Asir, Jazan, and Al-Baha, the media center of the General Directorate of Civil Defense said Wednesday.
More than 600 people have been provided with shelter, including three families.
The Asir region was the hardest hit and had the highest number of rescues, while the lowest was Madinah with one rescue.
The center said eight committees have been formed in a number of affected areas to limit the damage and losses from the rain.
Civil defense called on citizens and residents in areas experiencing torrential rains in the Kingdom to take precautions and not to walk in the valleys or wide and avoid torrents of water, to move away from areas exposed to flooding caused by heavy rains.