Saudi official Sarah Al-Tamimi recognized for her anti-human trafficking efforts

Vice-chair of the Saudi National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, Sarah Al-Tamimi, is reviewing the exhibit which includes works of local Saudi artists who volunteered to create works of art around trafficking that can be utilized in their campaign, which was done through the volunteer unit at Human Rights Committee. (Supplied)
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Updated 29 July 2020

Saudi official Sarah Al-Tamimi recognized for her anti-human trafficking efforts

  • The report, globally recognized as the most comprehensive analysis of anti-trafficking efforts

RIYADH: Coinciding with World Trafficking Day, the vice-chair of Saudi Arabia’s National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, Sarah Al-Tamimi, has been nominated by the UN Office in Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for her efforts in raising awareness against human trafficking in the Kingdom.

This year, UNODC’s campaign focused for the first time on profiling people that work in human trafficking. Nominations came from various offices around the world and Al-Tamimi was the only person from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to be chosen.

“Enhancing quality of life for all is a key pillar of Vision 2030, which is a goal we also strive for at the committee,” she said.

The US State Department upgraded Saudi Arabia’s ranking in its latest annual Trafficking in Persons Report.

The report, globally recognized as the most comprehensive analysis of anti-trafficking efforts, raised the status of Saudi Arabia from “tier 3” to “tier 2 watch list.”

It highlighted improvements in inter-ministry coordination, greater transparency and data-sharing and “significantly increased” numbers of prosecutions and convictions under the Kingdom’s anti-trafficking laws.

Al-Tamimi said that this is “an achievement we are proud of. Our goal is to reach tier 1.”

She joined the fight against human trafficking when she joined the committee in October 2019. One of her responsibilities was developing strategy.

In March, the Kingdom launched its first National Referral Mechanism. The mechanism coordinates the responsibilities of all relevant Saudi authorities in the protection of victims and the prosecution of trafficking-in-persons crimes.

“Overseeing the National Referral Mechanism is the best practice to tackle this crime,” she said.

In February, she was appointed the committee’s vice-chair. Her work includes coordination with various ministries and authorities that work together as a national team.

She oversees training programs at the committee with partners at the UNODC Office for the GCC region and the International Organization for Migration as part of her capacity-building strategy, along with coordinating protection responses for victims and potential victims of trafficking.

“Human trafficking is a crime that knows no borders, therefore neither can we who fight it,” said Al-Tamimi. “Combatting human trafficking, therefore, requires the participation of a variety of international and local actors that goes far beyond the public sector and operates in many areas –ranging from cyberspace to private-sector supply chains.”

The Kingdom’s work on countering human trafficking falls under the “four Ps of anti-trafficking”: partnerships, prevention, protection and prosecution.

“The most vulnerable are the ones who are most likely to be victims,” she added.


WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

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WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

 

No one was hurt in the incident the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.