Saudi rights chief Stresses efforts in human rights field

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The president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, on Friday met with the vice chairman of the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (DARP), Mark Tarabella.

The meeting in Brussels was attended by the head of the Saudi mission to the EU, Ambassador Saad bin Mohammed Al-Arifi.

Discussions highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to support human rights, the reforms taking place in the field, and the issue of 60 directives related to human rights matters.

Al-Awwad said that the Kingdom looked forward to achieving even more progress under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The HRC chief said during earlier talks with EU officials that Saudi Arabia has been an international leader in human rights obligations.

He met with 17 members of the EU’s Political and Security Committee in the presence of the head of the Saudi mission to the EU, Ambassador Saad bin Mohammed Al-Arifi, on Thursday in Brussels.

“The Kingdom sought to protect and promote human rights and fulfilled its international obligations by submitting all its international reports. This made it one of the 36 countries to do so out of 197 state parties. This was due to the support provided by King Salman to human rights,” Al-Awwad said.

He said Saudi Arabia “is open to the world and still looks forward to achieve more under its wise leadership. It seeks to achieve the principles and values of human rights and hopes they will become universal, which would promote the achievement of sustainable development and the promotion of human rights.”