90 car drifters arrested

Updated 12 April 2016

90 car drifters arrested

RIYADH: Police have arrested 90 car drifters and impounded 79 vehicles that posed threat to life as well as possibly damaging people’s property.
Col. Fawaz bin Jameel Al-Maiman, the police spokesman, said on Sunday that the unruly behavior of certain motorists have disturbed the peace and tranquility which is the right of the public.
He said the police had formed a special team to apprehend wrong-doers and impound cars during the ongoing inspection campaign.
During their search operations, the police also apprehended some 678 criminals who were wanted by the police for various other offenses.
Al-Maiman said the police are keen on charging these criminals since their activities may harm innocent pedestrians and also damage property.
On completion of formal inquiries, he said the suspects will be sent to the court of law for necessary punishment.
The Riyadh police stressed that they would deal sternly with such cases and that severe punishments would be imposed on offenders in accordance with the law.
Riyadh traffic police and research and investigation teams have been attempting to eradicate the phenomenon of drifting, which involves modifying vehicles to make their motors more powerful, and racing other cars in the streets. Efforts by authorities have resulted in the reduction of accidents and a decrease in incidents of drifting.
In June, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif upheld a sentence given to a drifter who was sentenced to a jail term of six years and 600 lashes.


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.