Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently announced a package of legislative reforms that represent a qualitative leap in aspects of justice and human rights. The reforms included 90 legislative changes in the field of human rights that will work to control the provisions and practices in cases of promotion, personal status and civil transactions, and will take the best judicial practices around the world in a manner that does not conflict with the provisions of Islamic law.
Saudi Arabia is among 36 of 197 countries that have fulfilled its human rights commitments. In the World Bank’s 2020 report, the Kingdom ranked as the most advanced and reformed in a list of 190 countries.
The Basic Law of Saudi Rule, in its 26th article, explicitly affirms the protection of human rights in accordance with the provisions of Islamic law. An article in the implementation system was amended in the last quarter of 2020, and the provision of stopping services was suspended because it violates human rights.
The Kingdom, within the framework of its promotion of standards of integrity, justice and self-criticism, has established an independent national human rights body; one of its achievements is monitoring 164 human rights violations in various regions of the Kingdom, and the identification of cases of children exploitation for the purpose of fame and financial gain.
Saudi Arabia has maintained its respect for human rights amid the COVID-19 pandemic, providing free treatment for coronavirus patients, continuing its services to citizens and residents, including those who breached the employment and residency rules.
Statistics predict that 150 million people globally will suffer from poverty and worsening living conditions this year, but the Kingdom’s population is not among them.
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