Saudi Shoura Council Speaker chairs virtual session

Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh chairs a session of the council via videoconferencing in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
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Updated 14 July 2020

Saudi Shoura Council Speaker chairs virtual session

  • The Shoura Council members added a new article to the existing law granting new powers to the Public Prosecution to get rid of the phenomenon of commercial concealment

The Saudi Shoura Council on Monday approved a draft system to effectively combat cover-up businesses in the Kingdom.
Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh stressed the need to create awareness about the dangers posed by this illegal business practice and its negative impact on the national economy.
The Shoura Council members added a new article to the existing law granting new powers to the Public Prosecution to get rid of the phenomenon of commercial concealment and help create a trading environment free of irregularities.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, assistant speaker of the Shoura Council, said the implementation of the system will be carried out in coordination with the ministries of interior, trade and human resources and social development.
The council, Al-Samaan, said also discussed the annual report of the Authority for the Care of Persons with Disabilities. The council called on the authority to activate the national electronic registry for persons with disabilities in coordination with the National Information Center and other relevant agencies to ensure all citizens get access to electronic services offered in different sectors such as health, education and social service.
The General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training was also directed to prepare training programs for people with disabilities.
The council called for the activation of a national program for donation and corneal transplantation.
It also called on the Ministry of Culture to intensify its efforts to preserve the Arabic language and accelerate the establishment of professional cultural associations.


Saudi rights chief receives head of EU delegation

Updated 23 September 2020

Saudi rights chief receives head of EU delegation

  • Several initiatives have been launched that have helped boost the country’s international ranking in human rights reports

RIYADH: Patrick Simonnet, head of the EU delegation to Saudi Arabia, called on Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, at his office in Riyadh on Tuesday. During the meeting, they discussed aspects of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the EU in the fields of human rights. 

Praising the depth of bilateral relations, they discussed ways to boost ties. 

Al-Awwad highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts, under the leadership of the king and crown prince, in supporting human rights. He pointed to developments in the Kingdom and pioneering steps toward achieving sustainable development on making human beings the focus of development in accordance with Vision 2030, which aims to achieve the overall development of a better future for the country.

Several initiatives have been launched that have helped boost the country’s international ranking in human rights reports, including one on human trafficking published by the US State Department.

In addition, a World Bank report titled “Women, Business and the Law 2020” ranked the Kingdom first out of 190 countries in terms of progress and reforms in the field of the empowerment of women and the preservation
of their rights.