Saudi Arabia committed to attaining highest standards in protection of human rights, says HRC chief

RIYADH: The president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) said on Thursday that the Kingdom remained committed to attaining the highest international standards in protecting and promoting human rights, Saudi Press Agency reported.


Hala bint Mazyed Al-Tuwaijri emphasized that the commitment was based on the country’s deeply rooted principles and values and its leadership’s prioritization of human welfare above all else.


Al-Tuwaijri ‘s remarks came at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva during Saudi Arabia’s participation in a session to adopt the results of the fourth cycle of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism.

Leading the Kingdom’s delegation at the session, Al-Tuwaijri highlighted the government’s extensive cooperation with the review mechanism, which is a crucial tool for the Human Rights Council to enhance human rights globally.


She stressed that principles such as equality, dialogue, cooperation, neutrality, objectivity, and transparency should form the foundation for any collaborative efforts between states in the realm of human rights.


She also noted that Saudi Arabia’s acceptance of over 80 percent of the recommendations from the fourth cycle of the Universal Periodic Review demonstrated its genuine dedication to human rights.


Al-Tuwaijri outlined the significant reforms and advancements in human rights in the Kingdom, emphasizing that more than 150 legislative, institutional, judicial, and procedural reforms have been accomplished since the adoption of Saudi Vision 2030.

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