JEDDAH: Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) representatives made 2,094 visits to prisons and detention centers throughout the Kingdom in one year, according to a report by the organization.
HRC spokesperson, Norah Al-Haqbani, said that the aim of the visits was to ensure that convicts and detainees were being afforded their rights under Saudi laws and regulations.
The commission’s visits included 835 to detention centers, 614 to general prisons, 557 to security facilities, 49 to social observation centers, and 39 to care institutions for girls.
Al-Haqbani pointed out that huge progress had been made due to the ongoing replacement of paperwork by electronic processing, increased collaboration between authorities and agencies, and the introduction of new mechanisms to speed up procedures.
She noted the need for the swift completion of construction work on buildings to house categories of convicts and detainees requiring specific facilities.
The HRC carried out 414 visits to other government agencies in various regions of the Kingdom to detect violations of convicts and detainees’ rights, taking appropriate regulatory measures, Al-Haqbani said.
She added: “Visits were made to various institutions including 259 to shelters and social institutions, 117 to hospitals and health care centers, 20 to educational institutions, in addition to visits to other institutions.”