RIYADH: The president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission reiterated that human rights in the Kingdom are protected by national laws and regulations, and that interest in ensuring these rights has doubled under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Hala bint Mazyad Al-Tuwaijri said that the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan has brought about substantial reform in many laws and legislations that will enhance the protection of human rights.
On World Human Rights Day, Al-Tuwaijri said: “The reforms that the Kingdom witnessed in human rights contributed to achieving the highest standards of response to national priorities and international commitments in this field through several amendments and reforms that contributed to the promotion and protection of these rights at the local level, in addition to its accession to many of international human rights instruments and conventions.
“This has reinforced the establishment of an authority linked directly to King Salman tasked with protecting and promoting human rights.”
Al-Tuwaijri said that human rights need to be approached professionally and methodically, based on knowledge, dialogue, organized work, exchange of experiences, and partnerships.
She added that the human and societal values represented by the Saudi society are considered an incubator and enabler of human rights based on the community’s culture, which is enriched with love for peace and goodness, and based on the principles of Islamic Shariah.
Al-Tuwaijri said that the Kingdom’s government and people work as one to protect and promote human rights, and join the world through the international commitment to preserving fundamental rights and freedoms for all.
“That this day for this year bears the slogan ‘dignity, freedom, and justice for all,’ which confirms the recognition of the inherent dignity of all human beings and their equal rights, as this is embodied in the principles of Law of Governance in realizing the principles and values of justice, consultation and equality per Islamic Shariah.”