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Speaker of the Arab Parliament: Saudi Arabia has a unique Arab and international experience in the field of human rights

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Mr. Adel bin Abdul Rahman Al-Asoumi, Speaker of the Arab Parliament, confirmed that those who follow the development of the human rights system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will find that it has a unique Arab and international experience that is exemplary and full of bright pages, thanks to the unlimited support it enjoys from King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who paid great attention to developing the human rights system and establishing the foundations for the protection of these rights at all levels, which contributed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia obtaining advanced positions in global human rights classifications and indicators, and great praise and appreciation from the relevant international bodies and institutions.

This came during the speech delivered by the President of the Arab Parliament at the opening of the twenty-second session of the Charter Committee (Arab Human Rights Committee), which will be held on December 25 and 26, 2023 at the headquarters of the League of Arab States, a session that was devoted to discussing the first periodic report of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

During his speech, Al-Asoumi said, “When interest in developing the human rights system comes from the top of the political leadership and that is its top priority, we are in the process of having the most important element of the success and development of this system, which is political will, and the results will be impressive on the ground,” praising In this context, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, is keen on the continuous development of the human rights system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, based on the directives of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may God protect and preserve him, to pay attention to the human being and make it a priority.

The Speaker of the Arab Parliament particularly appreciated the system of specialized legislative reforms announced by Prince Mohammed bin Salman about two years ago, regarding the introduction and reform of systems that preserve rights, establish the principles of justice, transparency, and protection of human rights, and enhance the competitiveness of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the Arab, regional, and global levels. He also appreciated the great interest that His Highness pays to promoting the rights of Saudi women and maximizing and preserving their gains, which contributed to them assuming leadership positions and decision-making positions, and involving them as an essential and active element in the fields.

Al-Asoumi added that the comprehensive development process witnessed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in this field was reflected in the great confidence of the international community, by granting it the hosting and organization of major global economic events, such as Expo 2030, and sports events such as the 2034 World Cup, stressing that the great development witnessed by the human rights system The human being in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stems from its 2030 development vision, of which the human being is the main focus.

Al-Asoumi concluded his speech by emphasizing that “the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made building human beings, preserving their dignity and preserving their rights a top national priority. The result was that we are on the verge of an integrated Saudi experience in the field of human rights, starting from a comprehensive strategic vision and governed by a strong institutional framework. “The framework of an advanced legislative system that is compatible with relevant Arab and international conventions.”

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