OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to convene in Jeddah

OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to convene in Jeddah
Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Hissein Brahim Taha. (X/@OIC_OCI)
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Updated 25 June 2024
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OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to convene in Jeddah

OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to convene in Jeddah
  • Inaugural ceremony will be held on June 30 at the Ministerial Conference Hall
  • Ceremony will be followed by a debate on The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities

JEDDAH: The 23rd Regular Session of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation takes place from June 30 to July 4 in Jeddah.

The event will bring together representatives from OIC member and observer states, national human rights institutions, international and regional organizations, and senior officials of the OIC’s General Secretariat, as well as media representatives.

The inaugural ceremony will be held on June 30 at the Ministerial Conference Hall. The ceremony will be followed by a debate on “The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities.”

The debate, which will be overseen by the OIC’s Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha and the IPHRC’s Chairperson Talal Khalid Saad Al Mutairi, will feature international experts from specialized institutions from the the UN and the OIC, as well as representatives of OIC member and observer states, including their NHRIs.

The debate will aim to explore the opportunities and challenges posed by AI on human rights, and will look to provide guidance on how to prevent or mitigate its negative impacts.

An outcome document reflecting key recommendations made during the debate will be finalized by the commission and posted on the IPHRC website on the conclusion of the session.

The commission will also hold a high-level event on July 1 called “International Court of Justice Judgment on Gaza: Implications for Future and Possible Way Forward.”

This will analyze the ICJ’s judgment on Gaza and its implications on implementing provisional measures to bring an end to the humanitarian crisis. It will also focus on human rights violations against the Palestinian people, particularly in Gaza.

The commission is expected to conclude memorandums of understanding with several international and regional organizations, aimed at enhancing technical cooperation and exchange in various fields.

The commission is to hold closed meetings of its different working groups at the IPHRC’s headquarters in Al-Hamra District, Jeddah, from July 2-4.

It is expected to hold detailed discussions on all issues on its agenda, including civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights in OIC member states, and human rights violations in Palestine and Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The regular meetings of its four working groups on Palestine; rights of women and children; Islamophobia and Muslim minorities; and the right to development will also be held.


Saudi Arabia welcomes statement on agreement between Yemeni parties to lift economic sanctions

Yemen’s government and Houthis agreed to increase the frequency of Yemenia’s flights from Sanaa to Jordan from 1 to 3 a day.
Yemen’s government and Houthis agreed to increase the frequency of Yemenia’s flights from Sanaa to Jordan from 1 to 3 a day.
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Saudi Arabia welcomes statement on agreement between Yemeni parties to lift economic sanctions

Yemen’s government and Houthis agreed to increase the frequency of Yemenia’s flights from Sanaa to Jordan from 1 to 3 a day.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia welcomed on Wednesday a statement issued by the UN’s special envoy for Yemen about an agreement between the country’s internationally recognized government and the Houthis to 

lift economic sanctions.

Hans Grundberg, the UN’s special envoy for Yemen, said on Tuesday that both parties agreed to ease economic hostilities by canceling their most recent actions taken against banks in areas the other controls and pledged to halt all such measures in the future.

They also agreed to increase the frequency of national carrier Yemenia’s flights from Sanaa to Jordan from one to three a day and to introduce daily flights from the capital to Cairo and India. In addition, the two sides will hold discussions about administrative, technological and budgetary issues related to the airline.

The Kingdom affirmed its continued support for Yemen, its government, and people, and its keenness to encourage efforts to reduce escalation and maintain calm.

The Kingdom hopes the agreement will contribute to dialogue between the Yemeni parties under the auspices of the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen to discuss all economic and humanitarian issues in order to reach a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis within the framework of the road map to support the peace process in Yemen.


Camel culture comes to life at Jeddah Season 

Camel culture comes to life at Jeddah Season 
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Camel culture comes to life at Jeddah Season 

Camel culture comes to life at Jeddah Season 
  • Special pavilion highlights camels’ economic, cultural significance in Saudi society
  • Through illuminated murals and interactive touch screens, visitors are invited to delve into history

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Culture is bringing the “Year of the Camel” to life at Jeddah Season 2024 with a dedicated pavilion offering visitors an immersive experience of these iconic animals.

From life-size camel sculptures to interactive displays, the pavilion in City Walk, one of the Jeddah Season zones, showcases the camel’s enduring significance in society, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Through illuminated murals and interactive touch screens, visitors are invited to delve into history and understand why 2024 was designated as the “Year of the Camel.”

These displays offer insights into the objectives behind honoring camels, and are provided in Arabic and English to provide access for a global audience.

The pavilion provides historical inscriptions dedicated to the animal, and the vast camel-related vocabulary in the Arabic language, the SPA stated.

One of the highlights of the pavilion is audio of camel sounds, each with its own name. These hold special significance in the daily lives of those who have long cherished the companionship of these remarkable animals.

The displays showcase the economic importance of camels, their role in ensuring food security, and the unique capabilities that have cemented their place in Saudi Arabia culture.


Design program for architects wraps up in Riyadh

Design program for architects wraps up in Riyadh
Updated 24 July 2024
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Design program for architects wraps up in Riyadh

Design program for architects wraps up in Riyadh
  • A presentation showcased the journey of the participants during the program and highlighted the activities they took part in
  • Commission CEO Sumayah Al-Solaiman delivered a speech highlighting the commission’s “unwavering commitment” to investing in the development of Saudi architects and designers

RIYADH: The Architecture and Design Commission concluded the first Design Leadership Program with a ceremony in Riyadh attended by architecture and design experts, as well as program participants.

A presentation showcased the journey of the participants during the program and highlighted the activities they took part in, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

Commission CEO Sumayah Al-Solaiman delivered a speech highlighting the commission’s “unwavering commitment” to investing in the development of Saudi architects and designers.

Improving the skills of Saudis in the industry will allow them to become influential leaders, she added.

The developer of the Creative Leadership Course at the Future London Academy, Matt Hexemer, said in a speech that the Saudi program is a “pioneering initiative” that nurtures the Kingdom’s talents and fosters creativity.

Dialogue sessions were held at the ceremony, led by prominent speakers including Sarah Fayad, strategy and urban design senior manager at The Line in NEOM; and Ali Al-Shuaibi, president and founder of BEEAH Planners, Architects and Engineers Co.

The commission launched the program in May to cultivate the leadership skills of architects and designers, bolster their capacity to lead projects, and foster an environment that promotes collaboration in the local architecture and design community.


Saudi foreign deputy minister receives representatives of UN Syria envoy

Saudi foreign deputy minister receives representatives of UN Syria envoy
Updated 24 July 2024
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Saudi foreign deputy minister receives representatives of UN Syria envoy

Saudi foreign deputy minister receives representatives of UN Syria envoy

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Saud Al-Sati received in Riyadh on Wednesday representatives from the office of the UN special envoy for Syria.

Al-Sati discussed the latest developments in Syria in a meeting with Chief Political Affairs Officer Robert Dunn and Political Affairs Officer Marwa Fouad, the ministry said on its official account on X.


More than 12 million liters of water pumped into Yemen by KSrelief

More than 12 million liters of water pumped into Yemen by KSrelief
Updated 24 July 2024
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More than 12 million liters of water pumped into Yemen by KSrelief

More than 12 million liters of water pumped into Yemen by KSrelief

RIYADH: A water supply and environmental sanitation project in Yemen by Saudi aid agency KSrelief has continued to improve conditions for those living there.

From June 19-25, some 1,033,550 liters of drinking water and 10,849,000 liters of non-drinking water were provided in Hajjah. The project group worked in the Midi, Haradh, Hayran and Abs districts, as well as As-Ashour camp in the Razih area of Saada.

There were 38 trips to remove waste from displaced people’s camps, while in Saada 70,000 each of drinking and non-drinking water were pumped through, to the benefit of 30,100 people.

KSRelief pumps over 12 million liters of water into Yemen as part of water and sanitation project. (SPA)

KSrelief also launched a volunteer medical project for ear, nose, and throat surgeries and tumor removal in Mukalla, in the province of Hadhramaut.

The initiative, which started on July 20 for one week, involves 22 volunteers from various medical specialties. To date, the medical team has successfully performed 60 specialized surgeries.

Meanwhile, in Sudan, KSrelief concluded its project for urological surgeries in Port Sudan. The week-long scheme involved 11 volunteers with 119 successful specialized surgeries being carried out. 

KSrelief concluded the voluntary medical project for urological surgeries in Port Sudan. (SPA)