40% of Saudis don’t know their rights, says rights body

Updated 04 April 2016

40% of Saudis don’t know their rights, says rights body

JEDDAH: Nearly 40 percent of the Saudi population do not know their rights, said Mufleh Al-Qahtani, president of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR).
This is despite the efforts made by the society to raise awareness among the Saudi community about their obligations and rights through a series of publications under the title "Know Your Rights," he said.
Speaking to a local publication, he said: “The publications include information on various legal rights that are important for Saudis and expatriates to avoid their rights being taken away from them.”
The publications, he said, include instructions, laws and regulations that regulate labor issues in various sectors, including the rights of prisoners, workers and other segments of society.
“Many government bodies are asking for these publications, so we distribute them in schools and universities and during workshops and exhibitions centred on human rights,” said the NSHR president.
He stressed the fact that if people are briefed on the contents on the publication prior to any event, it will protect them against being stripped of their rights, and can provide them with the details on how to file a complaint and demand their rights.
Sultan Al-Mukhlafi, a legal counsellor, said the series is aimed at raising awareness about the legal aspects of the individual’s rights in his or her community, and the this will be positively reflected in the justice system in the Kingdom.
He said: “Our society is in dire need of boosting its legal awareness on the smaller details of his life such as the paperwork and the daily handling of transactions, as well as about how investigators, security personnel and judicial authorities should treat the public.”
He said that although the NSHR works on boosting the awareness of people about their legal rights and obligation, it is nonetheless weak in reaching out to all of the population.
“It must work to deliver its message to all the segments of society and use all media outlets for this mission,” he said.


Saudi Education Ministry launches training program

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Saudi Education Ministry launches training program

  • The five-day program is aimed at people interested in research and studies on education policies

RIYADH: The Saudi Education Ministry has launched a training program titled “Effective reform foundations for education policies: Research and policymaking,” presented by the Education Policy Research Center in cooperation with the World Bank. 
The five-day program, taking place on Dec. 9-13, is aimed at people interested in research and studies on education policies.
The program’s topics include managing an effective education system, supporting teachers, promoting concepts and means to finance education, building foundations for early childhood education, and strengthening students’ evaluation and curriculums. 
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Bidyawi, the ministry’s undersecretary for planning and development, inaugurated the program.
He said it aims to introduce trainees to the most important issues of education policies to qualify them as researchers in the field, thus contributing to building capacities in the field of improving educational policies and decision-making.
He also shed light on the partnership between the ministry and the World Bank, which aims to implement programs to develop the education system in line with the Saudi leadership’s aspirations and ambitions.