RIYADH: King Salman on Thursday appointed Hala bint Mazyad Al-Tuwaijri president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, with the rank of minister.
Al-Tuwaijri, previously secretary general of the Family Affairs Council, replaces Awwad Alawwad, who becomes an adviser to the Royal Court.
Al-Tuwaijri told Arab News she welcomed the trust that had been placed in her, and said she would seize theopportunity to give back to the nation.
“My career has been crowned and honored by this great country and our wise leadership, who celebrated women, elevated their status, and paved the way for their advancement,” she said.
On her new role, Al-Tuwaijri said: “Saudi Arabia has made great and honorable strides in the field of human rights, and the testimony of just countries and organizations is the best proof.” The Kingdom’s refusal to discriminate against illegal residents during the coronavirus pandemic was “the subject of admiration for many,” she said.