600,000 porn sites blocked in two years

Updated 16 March 2016

600,000 porn sites blocked in two years

JEDDAH: The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has blocked more than 600,000 porn sites over the past two years, and warned that those peddling smut face five-year jail terms and fines of over SR3 million.
Faiyz Al-Otaibi, spokesman for the CITC, said the commission has experts that can find and block these sites. The setting up of such websites contravenes the country’s cyber laws, he said.
Al-Otaibi said the CITC also receives information from the public and private and public bodies about information that affects public morality, he was quoted as saying by a local publication on Tuesday.
Shoura Council member Nora bint Abdullah bin Idwan said dealing with the Internet has become a daily responsibility, with the aim to protect children and teenagers.
She said the results of many studies have shown the danger of young people accessing such sites. Most international surveys have discovered that 80 percent of young people accessing these sites are between 15 and 17 years of age.
About 34 percent of young people receive unwanted pornographic material while browsing the Internet. “We are aware of the severe risks to the psychological and social makeup of children if they are exposed to such material.”
She said some countries abroad fine porn sites and have laws to filter content on search engines. “There are significant efforts being undertaken by parliaments in the United States and Europe about the serious and grave consequences on children who watch porn. This seriously affects their psychological and physical health and might lead to violent and deviant behavior.”
She said the Kingdom needs to enact strict laws based on United Nations conventions on the rights of children to protect them from the adverse effects of watching pornographic material.
Aisha Hijazi, an assistant clinical psychology professor, agreed that pornography could severely affect the development of young people.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

Updated 28 February 2020

Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

  • OIC secretary-general notes that the organization continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups

JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen announced on Wednesday that the OIC will adopt the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) after it is revised in accordance with international human-rights standards. The foreign ministers of the OIC member states are expected to approve the CDHRI at their meeting in Niamey, Niger in April.

 Al-Othaimeen was speaking at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), held in Geneva on Wednesday, where he highlighted some of the efforts the OIC has made to fight racism and xenophobia — including Islamophobia — claiming that they are the result of “intellectual and political resistance to cultural pluralism.”

He said the OIC, in cooperation with its partners, has prepared “a comprehensive and consensual approach to address incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion.”

Al-Othaimeen’s speech, which was delivered on his behalf by OIC Geneva Permanent Representative Nassima Baghli, stressed that terrorism, including religious extremism, is a major source of concern for the international community. He pointed out that the OIC continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups and has established the Sawt Al-Hikma (Voice of Wisdom) Center, which focuses on addressing the ideological rhetoric of extremists.

His speech also reviewed the most common human-rights violations suffered by Muslims, referring to the detailed documentation from the UN’s own human rights bodies and the OIC of discrimination and violence against the Rohingya Muslims.

Al-Othaimeen explained that America’s actions in Palestine in recent months required the OIC to stress that any peace initiative between Israel and Palestine must be consistent with legitimate rights, foremost among which is the right to self-determination.

He also stressed the OIC’s support for Kashmiris in their pursuit of their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with international resolutions and highlighted the OIC’s condemnation of Armenia’s continued occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven regions bordering Azerbaijan.