Statements issued by the Society

    The Statement of the National Society for Human Rights regarding the girl battered by her father (Darren)

    The Statement of the National Society for Human Rights regarding the girl battered by her father (Darren)

    After the follow-up of the Chairman of the National Society for Human Rights, Dr. Mufleh Rabiean Al-Qahtani and the Supervisor of the Society’s branch in Mecca Prof. Suleiman al-Zaidi, the Society branch in Makah has found the infant, battered by her father, in her grandfather’s house to her father, in Al- Khaldiya district and was moved to the maternity hospital and was accompanied by a social worker Mina Al-Ahmadi who has taken her from her grandfather.

    The infant Darren has been detected in the hospital and they confirmed that she is well and there is no need to stay in the hospital according to the medical report issued by the hospital.

    Baby Darren was handed over to the WAC charity Association in the care of infants as the age of the baby is three months.

    The Society has figured that the baby’s mother was divorced and lives with her family in Al-Medina city and that her accused father has escaped.

    Besides, the National Society for Human Rights has made an official announcement to the Mansour police station where the infant’s family lives and requested the arrest of the culprit Father.

    The National Society for Human Rights’ team includes the branch’s legal scholar Mr. Abdullah Fadel and Mr. Shakir Al-Sharif who were there and filed a complaint to the Department of Mansour police station in Mecca and the case has remained under the supervision of the supervisor of the Society’s branch in Mecca who follows up the case of the baby in the hospital till it was received by WAC Charity Association.

    At the end, the NSHR thanks and appreciate the Unity of Social Protection for its cooperation with the Society’s team and its commitment to the infant and sending her to a safer place and providing her protection.

    The Society denounces the approval of the US Congress on passing a legislation known as: “Justice Law against Sponsors of Terrorism”!

    The Society denounces the approval of the US Congress on passing a legislation known as: “Justice Law against Sponsors of Terrorism”!

    The National Society for Human Rights in the Kingdom expresses its surprise and deep concern over the approval of the US Congress to pass a legislation known as: “Justice Law against Sponsors of Terrorism”, as it contains therein clear violations of fixed principles of the international law and the Charter of the United Nations. For instance, it violates the principle of sovereign immunity enjoyed by the states, which is recognized and confirmed by international laws and norms in force.

    Besides, the Chairman of the Society, Dr. Mufleh Rabiean Al-Qahtani, has said in a statement, in his name and on behalf of the members of the National Society for Human Rights, that such law does not serve justice as it exceeds the sovereignty of states and is considered a dangerous precedent in the international relations as it violates the principle of state immunity from the jurisdiction of another State.

    In addition, he has expressed his skepticism about the ulterior motives regarding the approval of issuing such legislation, that lacks any aims of achieving justice but it seems that political extortion is the engine for issuing such law.

    The Chairman of the Society has also expressed his hope that the US President will veto the issuance of this law in order to protect the principles of international law, maintain the rules of international justice and to ensure the continuation of the international cooperation in combating terrorism at the international level. For more illustration, such law will contribute to support terrorists to commit their acts, in vexation of their government and to violate its domestic law. Moreover, if they find that there is a state will blame the government of their country on the consequences of their terrorist acts, then such act will achieve their goals and affect the international efforts in fighting terrorism.

    A statement condemning and denouncing the terrorist attacks that occurred in the Kingdom

    A statement condemning and denouncing the terrorist attacks that occurred in the Kingdom

    The National Society for Human Rights strongly condemns the terrorist operations and criminal bombings in the Kingdom, including the terrorist bombing in A;-Medina near the mosque of the Prophet, causing the death of some security men and injured others, expressing its deep sorrow over the death of innocent people, and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded and forgiveness and mercy to the martyrs, patience and solace to their families.

    The Chairman of the Society,  Dr. Mufleh Rabiean Al-Qahtani , has said that this incident affirms that those who carried out and those who stand behind it have nothing to do with Islam, as they are not deterred neither by the sanctity of the place nor by the sanctity of time for committing their shameful actions. He has also added that these acts of terrorism faced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from time to time, confirm that there are ongoing attempts to target the right of security in this blessed country because the security and stability that are enjoyed by the Kingdom disturb much those who carry out these terrorist attacks and those conspirators and instigators who stand behind them.

    Besides, the Chairman of the Society adds that these bombings confirm that terrorism scheme aims to stir up sedition and fragmentation of the country, and does not distinguish between the sacred and holy places, or between Muslims and non-Muslims, on the contrary it tampers with the values of our religion and the human values of civilization which requires concerted efforts of everyone in order to combat it and to show the corruption of his followers thought and we are confident of the efficiency and capacity of the Saudi security services to track these criminals and those who stand behind them and bring them to justice.

    The Chairman of the National Society for Human Rights praises the declaration of the national vision 2030 and the transformation plan

    The Chairman of the National Society for Human Rights praises the declaration of the national vision 2030 and the transformation plan

    The Chairman of the National Society for Human Rights, Dr. Mufleh Rabiean Qahtani, praises the declaration of the national vision 2030 and the transformation plan and congratulates the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Crown Prince, Deputy Crown Prince and the people on launching the national vision that will reinforce and pave the way for a human rights and humanitarian welfare for all segments of society and establish a sustainable development that will help in achieving all the aspirations and the legal and humanitarian requirements. In addition, it will enhance the social welfare and its development and pay attention to the family and the right to education, health, as well as laying an enabled social, economic system that supports the fulfillment of the social, economic and fundamental rights and for citizens from health, housing and work.  Besides, it will give interest to the status of women and youth and it aims to raise the life standard, support the social system and the sophistication of man and his rights.

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    Dr. Mufleh Rabiean Al-Qahtani

    A press release from the National Society for Human Rights regarding the encroachment that have been removed in ( Moknea) village

    A press release from the National Society for Human Rights regarding the encroachment that have been removed in ( Moknea) village

    An official source at the National Society for Human Rights has said that the Society has followed what was published in the local newspapers, and what has been circulated in some social networking sites regarding all the encroachment that have been removed in Moknea village on the outskirts of the city of Mecca. The Society has commissioned a team to visit the village and meet some the people affected, and preview what has been done. Moreover, the Society has taken note of the statement of the Emirate of Mecca, which was published in the local press and consists of five-explanatory terms. The statement has explained that the land of Moknea village was owned by the state and was dedicated by the Ministry of municipal and rural Affairs as industrial area and some of these sites were dedicated for public investment.

    Besides, the Society has made sure that most of the residents of the referred area are ordinary citizens and removing their buildings, by the way that has been done, has two effects on them. For illustration, the first harm is losing their money which they have spent in building the houses for their families. The second harm is the effects of implementing the regulations and the decisions taken in this regard.  In this case, the best          solution should be providing alternative homes for those who have been affected and transferring them or leaving them in their homes till the state provide alternative housing for them. In addition, as stated in the fourth item of the statement of the Emirate of Makah, the competent authorities has the right to account those who tricked the citizens and sold them what they do not have.

    Furthermore, needless to say that the citizen’s continuation in constructing these houses was the result of turning a blind eye about them by the executors of the government regulations and instructions during the past years which have witnessed the construction of these houses as an extension of a population in the region.  This extension has included the establishment of multi-storey homes, in addition to the establishment of a mosque, garden and playground for children on a planned land that contains double spacious paved streets. Hence, citizens expect that the region has a certified systematic planning from the relevant entities, and that it is not a random area and makes them believe that the construction procedures are in accordance with the applicable regulations.

    Besides, the Society has clarified that, before removing these buildings, the government should have given the citizens the sufficient time till providing them the appropriate alternative housing after examining the documents they have, and this grace at the same time does not cancel the right of the government in implementing the applicable regulations in this regard from both tricked or exceeded.

    The Society also reaffirms on the necessity of respecting the regulations, instructions and government decisions. In addition, the competent authorities, as a sponsor for the interests of citizens,  that based on delivering services to them and following up all matters relating to their special interests within the framework of following up the public interest, they should prevail the minimal damage and take into account the simple social level of this segment of the citizens, who have set up their homes, which have been removed, in order to accommodate their families, under the pressure of the need and the lack of alternative housing. Moreover, based on the State’s keenness for the citizens’ convenience, the state should not leave those families, whose houses have been removed, without shelter.

    Clearly, we must distinguish between the cases in which citizens established homes for shelter, from the cases in which other intentionally fence the land for trading and exploiting citizens. Hence, the cases of ordinary citizens in need of housing require careful and merciful look to them, but the cases of land speculation, trade and exploitation require accurate removal and accounting for those who did so.

    Finally, the Society stresses on the importance of considering the social dimension in this regard, and reviewing all the procedures taken on the nature, by the way that can deal with all the negatives that have happened, bring a smile to the faces saddened by what has been happened of removals, and achieve justice for all. The Society is confident that the relevant authorities will carry out its duties in this regard, towards these families.

    The Society’s statement concerning the fire in Jazan General Hospital and the need to meet the requirements of the right to health care

    The Society’s statement concerning the fire in Jazan General Hospital and the need to meet the requirements of the right to health care

    The National Society for Human Rights has followed the fire Jazan General Hospital and offered its sincere condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince as well as to the families of the victims and wishing the injured speedy recovery.  In addition, after a fact-finding visit to the site and investigating the cause of the fire, the Society wishes to make the following clear: –

    The services provided to citizens, by the health sector, do not reflect neither the interest of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Abdul-Aziz, may God protect him, nor the State’s huge budget allocation for this sector. To illustrate, the Society has noted that the main causes of this fire were negligence, shortcomings in the monitoring, lack of coordination between those related to security and safety, the closure of the emergency exits, and some of the administrative and bureaucratic procedures in decision-making and in providing the necessary funds to meet the security and safety requirements on time. Moreover, the absence of the main and subcontractors’ oversight and follow-up for the implementation of these actions have a great impact on the non-fulfillment of the basic requirements for such utilities. Emphasizing the Society on the importance of accountability for negligence, it indicates that there are several shortcomings and deficiencies in the health services, which have been monitored over the past periods, and it hopes that the officials in the Ministry of Health will work to avoid them so as to ensure citizens get their right to treatment such as:

    1-    Lax security and safety requirements in health facilities, lack of monitoring and follow-up, difficulties in maintenance and insufficient attention regarding the training of personnel in these facilities on how to deal with emergency situations, especially in case of fire.

    2-    Many hospitals and health facilities, especially in remote provinces, suffer from the lack of specialized medical staff and weakness in the possibilities.

    3-    Poor coordination between different health sectors either belonging to the Ministry of Health or the military sectors or universities, which would contribute to increased performance or taking advantage of the possibilities as appropriate.

    4-    Weakening efficiency of the administrative and medical cadre in many health facilities.

    5-    Lack of beds which prevent providing necessary healthcare to those who need it and it causes deterioration of the health condition of patients and the request of patient’s relatives to coordinate and search for vacant beds to move their relative to.

    6-    Delayed access of patients to medical care in the appropriate time and place as well as the delayed clinics and operations for periods of up to one year.

    7-    Continuity of some hospitals in refusing emergent medical cases demanding from the ambulatory authorities or the patient’s relatives to take them away and in the meantime the health condition of the patient may deteriorate and s/he may pass away before it arrives to another place, although there are instructions that the patient should be referred to the health institutions in the private sector when the bed is not available in the State hospitals.

    8-    Increased mortality and the spread of certain diseases in recent years in some areas without clarifying the precise reasons for this alarming increase.

    9-    Continuity of health centers in rented premises, which are mostly old and damaged and unfit to provide health care as well as the low level of employees, whether the doctors, technicians or administrators.

    10-     Weakening rehabilitation of the administrative support cadre for medical staff in many hospitals.

    11-     Complaints from some hospitals of lacing medical equipment. The existing ones are old and poorly maintained, despite the allocation of huge budgets.

    12-     High rate of medical errors in hospitals in the provinces and the absence of a mechanism regarding that depending on the patient or its relatives’ complaints.

    13-     The lack of clear strategy in the health sector where the plans change with the rotation of officials in the ministry.

    14-     The need of providing the hospitals or health centers in some remote areas and villages that are not running, with the necessary medical staff, which deprived the population of those areas of its benefits.

    15-      Shortage of medicine in hospitals’ pharmacies and the necessity for some citizens to buy them themselves.

    16-     Inexistence of specialized research centers in some regions where some epidemics abound.

    17-     Inadequate emergency centers in hospitals.

    Though the Society appreciates that His Excellency the Minister of Health has taken the responsibility for the fire of Jazan General Hospital, it calls for urgent and comprehensive treatment to the obstacles and difficulties that hamper the citizen’s right to health care, accounting the negligent and reviewing the security and safety controls and the mechanics of its maintenance in health facilities.

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    The National Society for Human Rights’ word on the implementation of the sentences on 47 convicts

    The National Society for Human Rights’ word on the implementation of the sentences on 47 convicts

    The Chairman of the Society, Dr. Mufleh Rabiean Al-Qahtani, has explained the attitude of the National Society for Human Rights to the implementation of the sentences against 47 convicts saying that the Society always demands the reference of the convicts on terrorism issues to justice, and to pronounce sentences on them according to their crimes as well as having a fair trial. Regarding those convicts, the day has come to carry out the sentences that were issued against them and which enjoys the following:

    1-    The sentenced have undergone three levels of litigation.

    2-    Examining the sentences of each convict carefully.

    3-    Giving the convict his right to hire a lawyer.

    4-    The trials are public.

    5-    The sentences have shown the gravity of the crimes committed by each convict.

    6-    The sentences did not consider the sectarian or ethnic affiliation of the accused but the crimes committed by them.

    7-    The victims of the terrorist acts, that were committed by those convicts, deserve justice from the perpetrators who killed and terrorized.

    8-    All the crimes attributed to the convicts are serious, which force carrying the maximum penalties.

    Moreover, he adds saying that the protection of human rights of terrorist acts requires the establishment of the state duties in maintaining the security of the society and the preservation of public and private property and these are through deterring those who commit these acts by imposing the maximum penalties on them after bringing them to judiciary and undergo a fair trial.

    The Society has issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack of the Emergency Special Force’s Mosque in Asir

    The Society has issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack of the Emergency Special Force’s Mosque in Asir

    The National Society for Human Rights has strongly condemned the terrorist and criminal act, that has taken place on Thursday 21/10/1436 AH, which has targeted the Emergency Special Force’s Mosque in Asir and has resulted in the martyrdom of a number of security men and wounding several others. The Chairman of the Society, HE Dr. Mufleh Rubaian Al Qahtani, has stressed that such an act shows that those who carried out and stood behind these acts have violated the law of Allah Almighty, the right to life, and the establishment of the religious rituals. Besides, it has targeted the persons who are responsible for the preservation of the right to security which is one of the most important human rights. Hence, this requires that all the citizens and residents should stand together with the State to combat and eradicate the roots of such thoughts which have become a threat to everyone, without exception, through making the legitimate nation’s constants targets for their shameful work which does not relate to Islam. Moreover, the Society is confident that the competent security authorities are able, God willing, to bring those who stand behind these acts to justice to be punished and asks Allah to protect our country from all harm and to accept the deceased martyrs. It also expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured speedy recovery.

    The Society emphasizes the importance of the Kingdom’s speech before the United Nations International Meeting on Question of Palestine

    The Society emphasizes the importance of the Kingdom’s speech before the United Nations International Meeting on Question of Palestine

    The National Society for Human Rights emphasizes the importance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s speech before the United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestinian and appeals the countries and human rights organizations to interact in order to enable the Palestinian people of their rights. It  is worth mentioning that the Kingdom has asserted in her speech that the establishment of Israeli settlements is the main obstacle to the peace process in the region and that the continuation of the Israeli provocative acts against the Palestinians and the implementation of unilateral measures create a new reality on the ground through arming and funding the settlers and increases the destruction processes and the random demolition and confiscation of homes and property, farms and unjustly establishing settlements on those lands.

     In addition, it appeals the international community to assume its responsibilities and take the necessary measures to protect the Palestinian people from the Israeli aggressive actions which are considered a provocation of the Arabs and Muslims feelings and a flagrant violation to the most basic human rights, and threaten achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

    Besides, it has recalled the Security Council resolutions 465 (1980) and 497 (1981), which affirmed the illegality of settlements as well as the necessity to dismantle them, remove the separation wall and stop all “Judaization” measures in Jerusalem. It has also stressed that the Palestinian people face the risk of losing the rest of its occupied territory through the continuation of constructing Israeli settlements that threaten their existence as well as constructing the separation wall and the operations of the Judaization of Jerusalem. In addition, their attempts to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque, mass arrests and attempts to move some offices to the occupied city of Jerusalem, the so-called the Jerusalem plan 2020, which are procedures and violations of the rights of the Palestinian people, which are illegal under international law.

    The National Society for Human Rights Condemns the Criminal Attack that Targeted the Innocents in Mosques

    The National Society for Human Rights Condemns the Criminal Attack that Targeted the Innocents in Mosques

    The National Society for Human Rights strongly condemns and strongly denounces the repeated terrorist and criminal attempts which targeted the innocents in mosques in the Eastern Region and that aim to create chaos and sow divisions among the people of the same society as well as undermining the right to security enjoyed by the Kingdom’s citizens and those residents.  Besides, the best response on such criminal acts is the coherence and cohesion of the Saudi society that emerged after the Qudayh accident since the awareness of the community, family and the society will combat such deviant thought which is stripped of faith and humanity, and will not allow those who want to destabilize the Kingdom’s security and stability as well as the safety of its citizens to succeed.

    The National Society for Human Rights highly appreciates the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for allocating the amount of $ 274 million so as to support the humanitarian situation in Yemen

    The National Society for Human Rights highly appreciates the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for allocating the amount of $ 274 million so as to support the humanitarian situation in Yemen

    The National Society for Human Rights highly appreciates the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, initiative to allocate the amount of $ 274 million for supporting the humanitarian situation in Yemen Arab Republic, which resulted from the Houthi militias and followers who seized the capabilities of the Yemeni state and coup against the legitimacy.

    There is no doubt that this initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz sheds light on the Kingdom’s humanitarian side to the Yemeni people under these difficult circumstances that they are facing and the harsh humanitarian situation that resulted from these militias which violate the rights and outflow the law and legitimacy. Hence, the decision of the “Decisive Storm” has been taken, led by the Kingdom, in order to establish the concept of respecting legitimacy and the compliance with laws, international and regional conventions and to contribute to the protection of the Yemeni ‘s human rights in the various provinces of the country. Moreover, the UN Security Council has confirmed that decision by its Resolution No. 2216 to 2015 AD that has been recently issued and which emphasizes on the international support for the countries that participate in the Decisive Storm, led by the Kingdom, regarding the Yemeni case, and it also urges to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemen. In addition, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ order to allocate this amount for the humanitarian relief in Yemen has been decided through the United Nations to confirm the Kingdom’s permanent and constant humanitarian situation regarding the humanitarian action in general and the needs of the Yemeni people in particular.

    On the other hand, the National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia calls the international and regional relief organizations to provide the support and the necessary humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people through coordination with the Decisive Storm’s countries.

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    The National Society for Human Rights condemns the heinous terrorist attack of Qatif and the violation of the right to life

    The National Society for Human Rights condemns the heinous terrorist attack of Qatif and the violation of the right to life

    The National Society for Human Rights strongly condemns the heinous terrorist bombing which targeted worshipers at Friday prayers, 4/8/1436 AH, at a mosque in the town of Qudayh in the Governorate of Qatif, describing the one who stand behind such act as a criminal who violated the right to life and the sanctity of infallible blood.

    Though the Society denounces such heinous act that aims to dismantle the national unity, destabilize its historical social balance and push it into a set of sustainable chaos, it has confidence that the competent authorities will bring those who stand behind this heinous crime to justice.

    The Chairman of the National Society for Human Rights, Dr. Mufleh Rubaian Al-Qahtani, has said, commenting on this vicious attack, that we express our deep sympathy and offer our condolences to the families of the victims and we wish the injured speedy recovery. Besides, we denounce the criminal act which aims to violate the right to security enjoyed by the people of the Kingdom and its residents. He adds saying that those who are behind such act will not succeed in affecting the Saudi people’s unity and the coherence and cohesion of their social spirit as the awareness of the community will combat those terrorists who are stripped of their faith and their humanity, and trying to destabilize the Kingdom’s security, stability and safety of its citizens.

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    Statement on the Royal Decree that has been issued regarding the Saudi youth belonging to some extremist organizations abroad

    Statement on the Royal Decree that has been issued regarding the Saudi youth belonging to some extremist organizations abroad

    The National Society for Human Rights has appealed the Saudi youth joining any extremist organizations or parties outside the Kingdom to take advantage of the Royal Decree No. 16820, on 05/05/1435 AH, which grants, all those who have participated in hostilities outside the Kingdom, an additional period of 15 days from the date of issuance of this command to rethink and return sooner to their homeland.

    Besides, Dr Mufleh bin Rabiean Qahtani, the Chairman of the Society, has said that “ the Society appreciates such Royal Decree which achieves the public interest and gives the opportunity for the people of this beloved country to return to their homeland and undo their decision to continue to stay in the places of temptation especially that some of them have seen the reality and knew the truth as they have realized that the safest and most desirable to them, their families and their homeland , as well as their religion is to return to their country.” He has also pointed out that this decree is considered a chance for those who wish to return and take advantage of the grace period given through communicating with the nearest Saudi embassy or representation so as to facilitate their return to the country. Moreover, he has stressed that those who did not take the initiative to return in time limit will be exposed to the penalties referred to in the orders issued in this regard .

    United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace The Chairman of the Society, Dr. Mufleh al-Qahtani, stresses that : the Saudi women are able to achieve success in many fields

    United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace The Chairman of the Society, Dr. Mufleh al-Qahtani, stresses that : the Saudi women are able to achieve success in many fields

    Each year, on the eighth of March, the world celebrates the social, political and economic achievement of women. Undoubtedly,  there is a common humanitarian sense at the level of values ​, principles and rights shared by everyone for just being a human being. However, such a day allows us to think about some of the issues that are facing us. For more illustration, ignoring the woman’s problems because of the  customs and traditions, or the infrequent interpretations stand as a stumbling block in forming the Islamic model by which we negotiate others , especially when the woman’s rights are supported by the wise leadership in the Kingdom which has provided her a strong voice in the public life through appointing 30 woman members in the Shura Council , which represents about 20 % of the total members.  This actually confirms the State’s keenness regarding the woman’s vital role as being an essential factor for the development in accordance with the provisions of Islamic teachings. To illustrate, women in Islam have rights and duties that is why we should  empower them with their rights and help them to fulfill their duties. Besides, women have  received many of  their rights in the Kingdom whether those who are employed in the public sector or the private one as they are allowed to participate in municipal elections as elector or elected , and to work as a lawyer and appear before the judiciary so as to facilitate her arrival to the Judiciary. Recently, the protection against   abuse system has been released to protect women from violence. In addition, it is known , that the international action for the advancement of women has taken four main axes which are: strengthening the legal measures in this field, mobilizing the public opinion and the international action for achieving this goal , training and researching to contribute in the consolidation of the progress in this regard , and giving the direct assistance to the disadvantaged groups . Nowadays, working in this field is based on a main organizing principle which shows that it is difficult to find a lasting solution for most of the social ,  economic and political problems relating to women without their participation and without allowing  them to express their opinion and participate in the work at the national and international level. Moreover, the international regimes that ensure women’s rights exist in the Kingdom , but maybe there are imbalance in their application or a wrong interpretation.

    Today, we find that there is an urgent need to adopt an International Islamic model for the advancement of women and that actually requires correcting any social imbalance in this regard.

    The Society has welcomed the Kingdom’s ratification on the International Labour Convention on child labor and the Council of Ministers’ approval on the amendment of Article (4) of the prison and detention system

    The Society has welcomed the Kingdom’s ratification on the International Labour Convention on child labor and the Council of Ministers’ approval on the amendment of Article (4) of the prison and detention system

    The National Society for Human Rights has welcomed the ratification on the International Labour Convention on child labor and has considered it an important step to determine the minimum age of the children enrolled in work in the various fields. It has also stressed the need to activate and put it into effect.

    Besides, the Society has welcomed the Council of Ministers’ approval on the amendment of Article (4) of the prison and detention system. For more illustration, in the crimes affecting the national security, the minister will be allowed to order  the issuance of a permit regarding the name of the prisoner or detainee in any of these crimes and their data and information.

    The Society has welcomed the Kingdom’s ratification on the International Labour Convention on child labor and the Council of Ministers’ approval on the amendment of Article (4) of the prison and detention system

    The Society has welcomed the Kingdom’s ratification on the International Labour Convention on child labor and the Council of Ministers’ approval on the amendment of Article (4) of the prison and detention system

    The National Society for Human Rights has welcomed the ratification on the International Labour Convention on child labor and has considered it an important step to determine the minimum age of the children enrolled in work in the various fields. It has also stressed the need to activate and put it into effect.

    Besides, the Society has welcomed the Council of Ministers’ approval on the amendment of Article (4) of the prison and detention system. For more illustration, in the crimes affecting the national security, the minister will be allowed to order  the issuance of a permit regarding the name of the prisoner or detainee in any of these crimes and their data and information.

    The Society’s statement on the veil ban (face covering) in France

    The Society’s statement on the veil ban (face covering) in France

    The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia condemns the voting on the veil ban in France and considers that this decision contradicts the individual freedom of clothing recognized by international law. To illustrate, every person has the right to freedom of expression and freedom to manifest his/her religion or belief according to the international conventions and human rights laws and these freedom include the way in which people choose their own way to dress and such ban is an interference in the right of women concerned with this. The Society has mentioned that protecting individuals, against any discrimination or violation or religious, cultural or social persecution, is from the state’s obligations and added that if the freedom of the people in this area may be subject to some restrictions prescribed by law, in order to protect the security, public order or the rights of others, such a ban cannot be justified. Moreover,  the Society condemns the escalating discriminatory practices against Muslims in some European countries. For instance, the prohibition of veil (hijab) and face covering (niqab) in schools and public institutions in many countries, restricting Muslims from constructing mosques and banning minarets. The Society has concluded its statement saying that everyone has the right to express his/her beliefs or personal convictions or identity through choosing what to wear as long as not in that infringe upon the rights of others or out of public order.

    The Society’s statement on the unfair conditions imposed by the Western embassies on the Saudi citizen who wants to get a visa to travel

    The Society’s statement on the unfair conditions imposed by the Western embassies on the Saudi citizen who wants to get a visa to travel

    The National Society for Human Rights deplores the unfair conditions that are imposed by the Western embassies on the Saudi citizen who wants to get a visa to travel either for tourism or treatment or study such as the requirement to bring an account statement for the last six months before travel. The Society sees that this is a violation to the personal information privacy that is protected in all the local and international regulations and instructions. The Society has also  expressed its concern over the fate of that information and how it can be used and it calls on the competent authorities in the Kingdom to ensure the preservation of  the confidentiality of personal information for citizens and not allow its penetration under any justification. In addition, It is communicating with the European Commission and the governments of those embassies to reconsider those exaggerated conditions and procedures that are applied only on the citizens of some countries, including Saudi Arabia.

    The Society’s statement on the death of Saudi detainees in Guantanamo

    The Society’s statement on the death of Saudi detainees in Guantanamo

    The National Society for Human Rights has received the news of the death of three of  the Saudi detainees in Guantanamo Bay, may Allah have mercy upon them, with deep regret and resentment, and is expressing its sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy to their families.and its full solidarity with them. The Society demands to open an urgent investigation on the causes of death involving neutral international authorities and calls on the U.S. authorities to quickly hand over the bodies of the detainees to their families so that they can pray for them and bury them.

    This tragic event reaffirms the legality of the repeated calls from the international human rights organizations regarding the importance of releasing all detainees who have been held for years without legal basis and they have also demanded an immediate closure of the detention center, because its continuation and the exercise of physical and psychological torture are considered a stain on the forehead of humanity as a whole. In addition, the Western governments have recently realized this fact and called for the closure of this camp and the release of detainees. The NSHR confirms that it will continue in the  contribution of the exerted efforts concerning the release of the rest of the Saudi detainees and their return to their homeland.

    The National Society for Human Rights’ Statement on the Qana massacre

    The National Society for Human Rights’ Statement on the Qana massacre

    The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia strongly condemns the continued brutal barbaric  Israeli aggression on Lebanon which resulted in killing innocent people, the displacement of the civilian population, the destruction of infrastructure and a mass damage of the villages and neighborhoods. For more illustration, the recent massacre in the village of Qana which affected the innocent children and women and caused a humanitarian catastrophe defying the whole world who watches the aggression without taking any action to deter it despite the killing and destruction perpetrated by Israel ignoring the humanitarian law and principles of the United Nations and human rights and in particular the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in time of War, The National Society for Human Rights demands from all the international and regional institutions, particularly the United Nations, the European Union and the Arab League to take urgent action to stop this aggression and injustice suffered by the innocent and to take an urgent action so as to stop the genocide project perpetrated by Israel against both the Lebanese and Palestinian peoples.

    The Society’s statement on the barbaric Israeli aggression on Lebanon

    The Society’s statement on the barbaric Israeli aggression on Lebanon

    The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia strongly condemns the continued brutal barbaric  Israeli aggression on Lebanon which resulted in killing innocent people, the displacement of the civilian population, the destruction of infrastructure and a mass damage of the villages and neighborhoods. The Israeli attacks, which affected innocent people and caused a humanitarian catastrophe since the Israeli aircraft is bombing the aid convoys to those affected defying the whole world who watches the aggression without taking any action to deter it, reaffirms the  organized terrorist state policy practiced by Israel in the Palestinian territories by continuing the murder and destruction in the Gaza Strip ignoring the humanitarian law and principles of the United Nations and human rights and peoples, The National Society for Human Rights demands from all the international and regional institutions, particularly the United Nations, the European Union and the Arab League to take urgent action to stop this aggression and injustice suffered by the innocent, and also invites all the civil, Arab and international institutions to lend a helping hand and to provide care and assistance to the affected and displaced people in Lebanon and Palestine and to take an urgent action so as to put pressure on governments to stop the genocide project practiced by Israel.

    The Society issued a statement on the brutal assault of an Israeli soldier on one of the Palestinian detainees

    The Society issued a statement on the brutal assault of an Israeli soldier on one of the Palestinian detainees

    The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia deplores and strongly condemns the barbaric and brutal action done by  an Israeli soldier through shooting one of the Palestinian detainees with eye cuffed and handcuffed defying the international humanitarian law and human rights principle. This act reaffirms the organized terrorist state approach practiced by the Israeli occupation authorities in the occupied Palestinian territories. Besides, the NSHR is demanding from all the international institutions and human rights organizations to take urgent action to stop these acts against the Palestinian people and ensure the prosecution and punishment of the perpetrator of this act which contradicts with the most basic human rights norms.

    Statement on the brutal Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip

    Statement on the brutal Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip

    The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia deplores and strongly condemns the continued brutal barbaric Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip which resulted in killing innocent people, depriving the wounded of treatment and the destruction of infrastructure. It also believes that the Israeli attacks, which affected innocent women and children and caused a real humanitarian disaster, is a violation of international humanitarian law and human rights principles and is a blatant defiance to the whole world who watches the aggression without deterring it and reaffirms the organized terrorist state approach practiced by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    The NSHR is demanding from all the international and regional institutions, and in the forefront the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the League of Arab States to take an urgent action to stop this aggression and injustice suffered by the Palestinian people. It also calls on all the international institutions to lend a helping hand and provide care and assistance to those affected, particularly the medical care and calls on all the human rights organizations around the world to do its role in stopping the humanitarian war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip and demand prosecution of the perpetrators.

    The Society’s statement on applying birching on a group of young people who raised havoc on the Corniche of Al- Khobar city and destroyed some public and private property

    The Society’s statement on applying birching on a group of young people who raised havoc on the Corniche of Al- Khobar city and destroyed some public and private property

    Commenting on what is said by the media concerning the attitude of the National Society for Human Rights on applying birching on a group of young people who have raised havoc on the Corniche of Al-Khobar and destroyed some public and private property, the  Society would like to clarify the following:

    First: The Society deplores what was done by these young people from the encroachment on public and private property during the celebration of the National Day.
    Second: The Society supports the application of the appropriate punishment against those who are found guilty from these young people, regarding trespassing on public or private property, as required by legal rules and regulations in force and after referral to the judiciary.

    Third: Applying birching without a final judicial ruling is inconsistent with the text of Article thirty-eight of the Governing Statute which stipulates that the punishment is personal except upon a legitimate text or text systems and which do not permit the imposition of any penalty on anyone except on an order prohibited and punishable by religious or system, and after being found guilty by a final judgment after a legitimate trial. It is also stipulated in Article VII of the zone system which obliges ensuring the rights and freedoms of individuals and not to take any action that affects those rights and freedoms except in the limits prescribed by the law and system.

    Fourth: The Society appreciates the keen of the executive authorities to deter those who encroach on public or private property, but it hopes that it will be done as required by applicable regulations and perhaps finding a mechanism to expedite the referral of the accused to justice and then execute the provisions that will achieve justice and deter those who want harm to public or private property.

    Fifth: The Society calls for a specialized social and psychological studies so as to look at the causes of the wrong behaviors and practices from some youth during the celebration of national events and finding the right treatment for them.

     

    The Society’s statement on the measures imposed by the U.S. authorities on passengers arriving from Saudi Arabia

    The Society’s statement on the measures imposed by the U.S. authorities on passengers arriving from Saudi Arabia

    The National Society for Human Rights strongly deplores the procedures imposed by the U.S. authorities on passengers arriving from Saudi Arabia and considers them arbitrary actions and affect the dignity and human freedom. They also violate the terms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which state the inadmissibility of discrimination between people because of sex or nationality and this is what the U.S. authorities has infringed by taking action against travelers from 14 countries, including Saudi Arabia. Besides, the U.S. authorities’ will to maintain the security of their country cannot justify taking action affecting  the freedom of a particular nationality because of what may come from the people of this nationality or from the outlaws.

    The Society calls on the U.S. authorities to reconsider those actions in order to ensure that there are no infringement on the dignity of Saudi citizens and their freedom or abridgement of the establishment of their religious rituals.

    The Society’s statement on the King decisions regarding the rain precipitation disaster in Jeddah

    The Society’s statement on the King decisions regarding the rain precipitation disaster in Jeddah

    The National Society for Human Rights appreciates the decisions included in the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz , regarding mandating procedural steps and mechanisms to eliminate any manipulation or exploitation of the savings of the nation and holding all shorted or negligent in this aspect accountable as well as bringing all the accused in the tragedy of Jeddah to the Control and Investigation Agency and the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution for interrogation and the completion of the statutory procedures against them. He has also confirmed, may God protect him, to expedite this matter.

    The Royal Order highlights the keen of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to establish justice and ensure the establishment of standards of right without accepting any excuses or prevarication in order to preserve the dignity of the martyrs, eradicate corruption in all its forms, and hold the negligent accountable. These assure the confirmation of the principle of transparency and credibility pursued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in holding all negligent accountable in this tragedy firmly.

    Moreover, the NSHR emphasizes the need to implement the contents of this Royal Order regarding transmitting all those, who the investigation proved their contribution or participation in this catastrophe, to the trial, without exception, and ensure that they get a fair and impartial trial.

    The Society calls for urgency establishment of the Anti-Corruption and Integrity Agency and enable it to play its role to its fullest. It also emphasizes the need to enable the regulators such as the General Auditing Bureau and Control and Investigation Board to carry out their tasks in fighting against corruption and maintaining the public money through supporting them with necessary financial and human resources. In addition, to work on the urgent issuance of the necessary adjustments to their systems to give these regulatory devices the necessary powers to achieve their objectives.

    The Society also see the importance of the existence of a supreme body, associated with the Prime Minister, to supervise and follow up the implementation of the state projects in various regions of the Kingdom and to ensure their distribution.

    The Statement issued by the National Society for Human Rights on the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla

    The Statement issued by the National Society for Human Rights on the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla

    The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned the Zionist terrorist attack on the liberty ship that tried to break the Israeli imposed blockade since more than a thousand days on the Gaza Strip which resulted in the killing and injury.

    The Society has considered this attack a war crime, piracy, state terrorism , and a violation of all international and humanitarian laws, norms, treaties and conventions. Besides, it emphasizes the mental terror of the Zionist entity and the absence of the international justice which treats Israel as a state above the law despite the non-compliance of the Israeli authorities with the international resolutions regarding ending the blockade on Gaza; flouting all the principles of the Fourth Geneva Convention of Human Rights and the international maritime law, which ensures that all vessels have the right of transit, especially if these ships coming in an humanitarian mission carrying relief aid to the civilian population trapped.

    The Society is calling on the international community, the international and regional organizations and all organizations and human rights associations to work for condemning and offering all the Israeli officials who ordered and carried out this criminal act to trial, and to work towards lifting the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.

    In addition, the failure to take any action in this regard will be a stain on the forehead of humanity and encourage the aggressor to continue his assault and violation of international conventions.

    Press release, on 6 /6/ 2006 AD, about the Society’s visit to the Saudi detainees returning from Guantanamo

    Press release, on 6 /6/ 2006 AD, about the Society’s visit to the Saudi detainees returning from Guantanamo

    On Tuesday 10/05/1427 AH –  6/6/ 2006 AD, a delegation from the Society, continuing the work of the Society and its efforts in following- up the permanent conditions of Saudi detainees in Guantanamo and stand on their condition, has visited the prisoners returning from Guantanamo after their return to the Kingdom in order to congratulate them and be sure that they have enjoyed all their rights guaranteed by the legitimate rules and regulations in the Kingdom. The General Director of the detectives prisons and some officials in the prison have received the visiting delegation and then the delegation met with the prisoners and listened to a detailed explanation of the conditions of detention at Guantanamo. They have also reassured on the health of the prisoners and make  sure that they are receiving health care and good treatment and meeting their families after their arrival to the land of the Kingdom.

    The Society and its members appreciate the efforts exerted by the officials in the Ministry of Interior to these detainees either returned home or waiting for their return. In addition, the Society will follow-up, in coordination with the concerned authorities, the issue of these detainees so as to ensure their release or their access to fair trials. The delegation of the Society included: Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar, the Chairman of the Society, and Dr. Mufleh bin Rabiean Al Qahtani, the Vice President and members of the Society : Dr. Saleh Khathlan and Dr. Abdul Rahman and Dr. Ibrahim Qaeed, and Dr. Saleh Shraideh, Dr Abdul Jalil Al Seif and Mr. Khaled Fakhri

    The Society’s statement on the Israeli invasion of the Palestinian territory Issued on 4 /7 / 2006 AD

    The Society’s statement on the Israeli invasion of the Palestinian territory Issued on 4 /7 / 2006 AD

    On Tuesday 8/6/1427 AH – 4/7/2006 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:

    The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) denounces the invasion of the Palestinian territories by the Israeli occupation forces and their barbaric practices such as killing and kidnapping the officials and deputies in the Legislative Council as well as sabotaging the buildings and demolishing the bridges. These practices are clear violations of human rights and reassure the aggressive approach of the Zionist entity against the Palestinian people and their full negligence of the International legitimacy and their rejection of all peace initiatives.

    Besides, the NSHR asks the international society and all its parties to be responsible for stopping this aggression and protecting the rights of defenseless civilians.

    In addition, it assures the responsibility of the Islamic and Arab governments to stand next to the Palestinian people and support the Palestinian authority and its legitimate institutions elected through a free democratic way.

    The Society has issued a press release, on 17/08/2006 AD , about the Pope’s lecture and showed its regret and called him to apologize

    The Society has issued a press release, on 17/08/2006 AD , about the Pope’s lecture and showed its regret and called him to apologize

    On Sunday, 24/8/1427 AH  – 17/8/2006 AD,  the Society has issued a press release condemning what came in the lecture of the Pope Benedict XVI at the University of Regensburg in the German state of Bavaria on Tuesday, 19/08/1427 AH -12/10/2006 in which he has attacked Islam and the master of creation Muhammad, Peace be upon him. The Society has expressed, in a statement, its deep regret for the issuance of such statements from the biggest Christian religious authority, stressing that such infectious  statements do not serve the coexistence and peace. But it is also fueling the conflict between religions and expanding the gap caused by the infectious attitudes against Islam by some Western politicians which is a clear violation of human rights. In addition, the Society’s statement considered this work as a deliberate distortion of the Islamic religion which  appreciates the science and scholars.

    The Society has demanded, in its statement, an apology from the Pope, and has also called the non-Muslims to respect this religion and its people.

    The Society has issued a press release, on 14/2/2006 AD, about the return of a new batch of Saudi detainees in Guantanamo

    The Society has issued a press release, on 14/2/2006 AD, about the return of a new batch of Saudi detainees in Guantanamo

    On Thursday 23/11/1427 AH – 14/12/2006 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:

    The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia welcomes the decision concerning returning a new batch of Saudi detainees in Guantanamo Bay those who have spent years in the prison without charge or being referred to a fair trial, and it commends and appreciates in this regard the unremitting efforts that was done by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in order to restore these detainees to their country.

    Besides, the National Society for Human Rights has renewed its request to the U.S. authorities to speed up the release of the rest of the detainees, and to close this camp which constitutes a flagrant violation of all international conventions and treaties regarding human rights.

    The Society has issued a press release, on 4/2/2007 AD, about arresting number of citizens

    The Society has issued a press release, on 4/2/2007 AD, about arresting number of citizens

    On Sunday 16/1/1428 AH – 4/2/2007 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:

    The National Society for Human Rights has monitored the arrest of a number of citizens in Jeddah and has consequently received so many internal and external inquiries about arresting them by the security authorities.

    The Society is following-up the case with the concerned authorities to make sure of the reasons for the arrest and their charges and also to make sure that the procedures of the arrest is not contradicting with  the Law of Criminal Procedure and it is also working to communicate with the families of the detainees.

     

    The Society’s statement, on 31/05/2007 AD, about the death of one of the Saudi detainees in Guantanamo

    The Society’s statement, on 31/05/2007 AD, about the death of one of the Saudi detainees in Guantanamo

    On Thursday 14/5/1428 AH – 31/5/2007 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:

    The National Society for Human Rights has received the news of the death of one of the Saudi detainees in Guantanamo Bay, may Allah have mercy upon him, that appeared in the media, with deep regret and resentment, and is expressing its sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy to his family. Regardless the validity of the U.S. authorities’ claim about the detainee’s suicide, the conditions in which the detainees are put in and the practices and torture which they are exposed to as well as holding them for more than five years without trial or release are a flagrant violation of human rights principles and hence the U.S. authorities bear its full responsibility. Besides, the responsibility of the U.S. administration has increased after the death of the Saudi detainee because of the similar mortality incidences that happened  in the same prison and consequently the detention camp’s administration should have taken the necessary precautions to prevent such situations.

    In addition, the Society is demanding an independent and impartial investigation about the circumstances of the detainee’s death especially in the presence of the evidences which indicate that this cannot be happened without the knowledge of the administration. It also demands delivering the body of the deceased to his family as soon as possible after verifying the cause of his death. The Society reiterates its former calls, that are shared by the international human rights organizations, concerning releasing all the detainees who have been held for years without legal basis, and demands the immediate closure of this camp, because its continuation and the exercise of physical and psychological torture are considered a stain on the forehead of humanity as a whole.

    The Society has issued a statement, on 2/4/2008 AD, about the smear campaign against the Islamic religion

    The Society has issued a statement, on 2/4/2008 AD, about the smear campaign against the Islamic religion

    On Wednesday 25/3/1429 AH – 2/4/2008 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:

    The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia deplores and strongly condemns the smear campaign carried out by the Dutch filmmaker on the Islamic religion through his film entitled “Sedition” in which the Islam is shown as a religion of terror and extremism. Since the international agreements, conventions and covenants emphasize the respect for religions and beliefs as well as the religious symbols of all peoples, such action is a violation of Article II, paragraph twenty of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which states that “any advocacy of national or racial hatred or religious, that constitutes an incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, is prohibited by law. ”

    The National Society for Human Rights calls on all the human rights and humanitarian organizations in the world to prevent such practices which calls for hatred and lack of respect for cultural and religious diversity.

    The Society has issued a statement, on 2/4/2008 AD, about the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to hold an Interfaith Dialogue Seminar

    The Society has issued a statement, on 2/4/2008 AD, about the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to hold an Interfaith Dialogue Seminar

    On Wednesday 25/3/1429 AH – 2/4/2008 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:

    The National Society for Human Rights is commending the generous initiative called by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, on promoting the values ​​of “the Interreligious Dialogue”. This initiative is considered one of the initiatives that will mainly contribute in correcting the misconceptions about the Islamic religion; the NSHR also affirms that this initiative will consolidate the principles of tolerance and dialogue and renounce violence, extremism and intolerance as well as it will call for coexistence with the difference and open channels of constructive dialogue with the followers of all religions to contribute in achieving respect for human rights.

    The National Society for Human Rights has issued a statement, on 26/4/2008 AD, about the visit of its delegation to the Ministry of Health

    The National Society for Human Rights has issued a statement, on 26/4/2008 AD, about the visit of its delegation to the Ministry of Health

    On Saturday 20/4/1429 AH  – 26/4/2008 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:

    Concerning what was published in the local press on Thursday about the explanatory statement issued by the Ministry of Health on the Society delegation’s visit to the Minister of Health, the Society would like to clarify the points included in the statement:

    The National Society for Human Rights play its role in protecting and preserving the human rights as stipulated by its statute in Article III the third paragraph which stated that the Society has to receive complaints, follow-up with the competent authorities and verify the claims of violations and abuses of human rights. There is no doubt that the right to health care is the most important of these rights and it is among what the leadership of our country is willing to achieve for all citizens and residents. The Society has also spotted and received numerous complaints and grievances, that affect the rights of citizens, which are within the tasks and functions of the Ministry of Health such as the following:

     

    1-  The unbalanced distribution of the services on the regions of the Kingdom.

    2 – The suffering of the patients and their families from traveling to major cities for treatment.

    3 – The Obligation to take effective actions in order to reduce medical errors.

    4 – The lack of medicines in hospitals and pharmacies and some citizens are forced to secure these medications on their own.

    5 – The lack of the specialized research centers in some areas where some of the epidemic diseases are abundant.

    6 – Demanding from the relatives of the patients to coordinate and search for vacant beds in order to ensure their patients’ need.

    7 – The weakness of nursing staff in hospitals and its impact on the patient service.
    8 – The lack of the available possibilities in the health centers in the neighborhoods and villages.

    9 – Setting distant appointments to the patients to review clinics.

    10 – The weakness of the emergency departments in the hospitals.

    11 – The weakness of the human resources in most medical clinics and hospitals, particularly in remote areas.

    12 – Lack of health services provided to prisoners, especially AIDS and psychiatric patients.

    The Chairman of the Society and some members have met ,His Excellency, the Minister of Health and senior officials in the ministry to discuss these issues and to identify the ministry’s point of view on them. The officials at the ministry have explained their point of view about these issues and promised to formally reply later. During the meeting,  the Chairman of the Society and its members were given a brief on the ministry’s efforts, but it is noted that the statement, that is issued by the Ministry of Health, indicates that no one has the right to speak on behalf of the Ministry or on its behalf. The statement has also pointed out that the Ministry of Finance is supporting the efforts of the Ministry and that the Ministry of Health had hoped that the Society would be careful  before issuing its statement and wait until it receives the perspective of the Ministry about the issues. Moreover, the Society would like to emphasize that it does not speak on behalf of one but it is doing its role in accordance with what is stipulated in its statutes in Article III the first paragraph, which states that the Society has to ensure the implementation of what is mentioned in the governing statue and the internal systems of the  Kingdom that are related to human rights “and has to ensure that the competent authorities are doing their role in providing the services to citizens as required by the regulations and Royal directives. Regarding the support of the Ministry of Finance to the ministry’s efforts, it is noted that there are a number of hospitals and health centers suffering from a shortage of equipment, services and personnel and medicines. etc. ..Besides, If there is a support from the Ministry of Finance in this regard and the Ministry of Health is doing its role, then why the citizens are complaining from the deteriorating health services!!! The NSHR is also surprised from the Ministry’s resentment from making its role in delivering what has been observed or received from grievances and complaints to the competent authorities and clarifying the opinion of the officials to the community concerning the important matters to them. In addition, large proportion of the community members are complaining about the deteriorating health services and this is unjustified for two reasons: firstly, the repeated directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on the need to provide services to the citizens and secondly, the provision of the financial liquidity. Regardless of the relationship between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health, positively or negatively, the important thing is that the average citizen should get his right to health care which is confirmed by the governing Statute in the Article Thirty-first, which stipulates that “the State shall care about the public health and provide health care for every citizen. ”

    In addition, the Society should display the complaints or grievances, that are monitored or received, to the officials in the ministries and related government departments, then announce what it has received from the positives and clarifications to the community according to the principle of transparency, clarity and credibility and what is being observed in various media. For instance, what has been recently published on the tongue of the  Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the general supervisor of the clinic property Dr. Fahad AlJabbar on the reality of the health sector in the Kingdom, understanding the need to redouble efforts by the concerned officials to overcome things like this to ensure that all citizens take their right to health care.

    May God help us all to what he loves and is pleased under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

    The Society has issued a statement, on 2/9/2008 AD, appreciating the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques regarding exchanging more than one billion riyals to help families covered by the social security

    The Society has issued a statement, on 2/9/2008 AD, appreciating the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques regarding exchanging more than one billion riyals to help families covered by the social security

    On Tuesday 2/9/1429 AH  – 2/9/2008 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:

    The National Society for Human Rights is appreciating the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques regarding exchanging the amount of one billion and one hundred and fifty million riyals for all families covered by the social security system in the Kingdom in order to help these needy families to meet their emergency supplies during the holy month of Ramadan. This order reflects the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ keenness on supporting the rights of this category of citizens and fumble their needs as it will contribute in achieving social stability and ensure the right of the citizen and his family to live in dignity. The Society also calls the executive authorities to put this order into practice in order to allow the concerned families to benefit from it in the timely manner.

    The Society has issued a statement, on 19/10/2008 AD, to welcome the start of referring the defendants in security issues for trial

    The Society has issued a statement, on 19/10/2008 AD, to welcome the start of referring the defendants in security issues for trial

    On Sunday19/10/1429 AH  – 19/10/2008 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:

    The NSHR welcomes starting  the referral of  the defendants in the security issues to the trial and the Society is looking forward to be the trial in accordance with the regulations in force so as to ensure the punishment of those involved in these events and the launch speed for those who have not been proven guilty.

    The Society has issued a statement, on 29/12/2008 AD, condemning the Israeli barbaric aggression on the Gaza Strip

    The Society has issued a statement, on 29/12/2008 AD, condemning the Israeli barbaric aggression on the Gaza Strip

    On Monday 30/12/1429 AH – 29/12/2008 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:
    The National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia deplores and strongly condemns the Israeli continued barbaric aggression against the Gaza Strip which resulted in the killing of innocents and the displacement of the civilian population as well as the destruction of the infrastructure.  The NSHR believes that the Israeli attacks, which affected innocent women and children and caused a humanitarian catastrophe, is a real violation of the international humanitarian law and the principles of human rights and a blatant defiance to the whole world who watches the aggression without deterring it and reaffirms the organized state terrorism approach practiced by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    Besides, the NSHR is calling on all the international and regional institutions; and in the forefront the United Nations ,the European Union, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Arab League, calling them for urgent action to stop the aggression and injustice suffered by the Palestinian people. It also calls on all the international institutions to lend a helping hand and provide care and assistance to the affected and displaced people in the Gaza Strip and to take urgent action so as to put pressure on the Israeli government to stop the genocide project practiced.

    The Society’s Statement, on 18/6/2009 AD, on the occasion of the Fourth Anniversary of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for taking over the reins of power

    The Society’s Statement, on 18/6/2009 AD, on the occasion of the Fourth Anniversary of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for taking over the reins of power

    The Society commends the reforms of the King of humanity that are done in the field of human rights. On Friday 26/6/1430 AH  – 18/6/2009 AD, four years will be passed over, that day which represents the anniversary of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, for taking over the reins of power in the country.  While we stopped in front of this great occasion in the history of our country, we will see that many accelerated achievements have been fulfilled in various fields and that would not be achieved, after reconciling God only, except by the constructive efforts and fruitful endeavors exerted and being exerted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness the Crown Prince in order to achieve the aspirations of its people at all levels and which are embodied by the personality and behavior of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques which has laid down the humanitarian treatment and hence calling him (the King of humanity) which stem from a deep understanding of the principles and the doctrine of the nation based on the correct understanding of the provisions of the Islamic Shariah and from which the modern human rights instruments has derived its equity and values​​.

    In addition, the National Society for Human Rights and all its members and employees laud and appreciate the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ role in supporting the Society as he enables it to carry out its work and emphasizes on its independence in work and drawing its own policy. They also appreciate his role ,may God protect him, in establishing the concepts and mechanisms of the national dialogue in the Kingdom and his calling for achieving a dialogue between religions and cultures and bringing them together on the international level in order to replace peace instead of war, love and tolerance instead of hatred and discrimination. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ concern regarding human rights is clear since taking over the reins of the government as he emphasized that he would work for the truth and establish justice and work without discrimination and he has said his famous saying (your right is to  strike by justice the inequity and injustice).

    In confirmation of this trend,  the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has given a special attention to the judiciary sector through the allocation of nearly seven billion Riyals for the development of this sector and its restructuring and modernization in order to achieve greater justice for litigants and help to settle disputes quickly and achieve the principles of fair trial. In addition, determine the competence of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Judicial Council and the Office of the Ombudsman as well as the establishment of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court which strongly indicate the direction of the leadership to ensure the promotion of judicial independence. The reforms, which are ordered by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in other fields such as health, education and social affairs and the fight against corruption, enhance the ability of citizens’ access to their rights in these fields and indicate the keenness of the leadership on the rights of citizens and residents. This is highlighted through the re-election of the Kingdom in the Human Rights Council which shows the remarkable progress in the field of human rights in our country and we are confident that these reforms will be continued under the wise leadership of the King of humanity: Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and His Highness Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, and his deputy, the second Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.

    The Society has issued a press release, on 26/8/2009 AD, about the amnesty granted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to pardon the prisoners remaining from Najran events

    The Society has issued a press release, on 26/8/2009 AD, about the amnesty granted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to pardon the prisoners remaining from Najran events

    On Wednesday 5/9/1430 AH –  26/8/2009 AD,  the Society has issued the following press release:

    The National Society for Human Rights appreciates the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques regarding his amnesty to pardon the remaining prisoners of the events of Najran with the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan based on what was submitted by His Highness, Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, the second Deputy and the Interior Minister, and based on the petition submitted by His Royal Highness, Mishaal bin Abdullah, the Governor of Najran.

    The Society stresses that this generous initiative reinforces the  principles of tolerance and indicates that  the leadership feels the citizens’ concerns and shows its desire to close the file of these unfortunate events and end the suffering of the families of these prisoners. The Society is also willing to integrate these prisoners in the community through establishing the role of the competent entity in this regard so as to ensure them and their family members a decent living.

    The National Society for Human Rights appreciates the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques order to investigate the causes of the tragic events that resulted from the rain precipitation in Jeddah 1/12/2009 AD

    The National Society for Human Rights appreciates the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques order to investigate the causes of the tragic events that resulted from the rain precipitation in Jeddah 1/12/2009 AD

    On Tuesday 14/12/1430 AH -1/12/2009 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release:

    The NSHR commends and appreciates the order of  the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, to set up an investigation and fact-finding committee for identifying  the main causes of the tragic events that resulted from the rain precipitation in Jeddah. In addition, to determine the responsibility of each party or any person having a relationship with that and to make a survey for the martyrs of drowning , the injuries,  loss of property and compensating them and to disburse a million riyals for each martyr.

    The Royal Order was characterized by transparency and courage, clarity and firm desire to hold all the negligent accountable. It also included a fair humanitarian gesture to the victims’ families through compensating them and analyzing the situation then drawing a chart to solve it. In addition, it has stressed to hold the negligent and perpetrators accountable without accepting any excuses or prevarication as well as comforting those who have suffered from this disaster and eased the pain of those whose family or property are affected.

    The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has confirmed the importance of addressing  the causes of this disaster and determining the responsibility and those who are responsible for it, whether entities or persons. In addition, to firmly hold all the deficient or negligent  accountable as it is required from the committee in charge, and which is investigating this tragedy, to investigate the reasons behind it in order to ensure the accountability of each carless deficient or negligent . It is also required from everyone to cooperate with this committee in order to enable it to carry out its duties. The Society stresses the importance of disbursing the compensation to the affected people promptly and treating the conditions of those who suffered from this disaster.

    May God save our country from all evil and protect the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier for victory right.

    A Statement issued by the National Society for Human Rights, on 5/12/2009 AD , about the prohibition of establishing the minarets of mosques in Switzerland

    A Statement issued by the National Society for Human Rights, on 5/12/2009 AD , about the prohibition of establishing the minarets of mosques in Switzerland

    On Saturday 12/18/1430 AH – 5/12/2009 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued a press release condemning the result of the referendum, which was recently done in Switzerland, as it led to the prohibition of establishing the minarets of mosques, included the following: the National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia expresses its regret and deep concern for making such a referendum which is a violation of the freedom of religion. It also contradicts with what is stated in the Article eighteen of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which gave everyone the right to manifest his/her religion or belief and to practice their own religious rituals. Moreover, the Society confirms that such a referendum is fueling the conflict between religions and widens the gap caused by the hostile attitudes against Islam by some Western politicians and is a clear violation of human rights. It also does not serve the coexistence between peoples and hinders the inter-religious dialogue. The Society calls on all the human rights and humanitarian organizations in the world to reject such practices which calls for hatred and lack of respect for cultural and religious diversity.

    The statement issued by the National Society for Human Rights, on 22/2/2011, on the occasion of the return of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud returned home safe and sound

    The statement issued by the National Society for Human Rights, on 22/2/2011, on the occasion of the return of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud returned home safe and sound

    There is no doubt that everyone is awaiting the safe return of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz ,to his home and the National Society for Human Rights, in its name and on behalf of all its members and staff, welcomes this return and praises God for the King’s healing and his return from his therapeutic trip that was thankfully successful. In addition, his people and society  are waiting for his return and are looking forward for further building and reform that has characterized his reign, may God protect him.

    King Abdullah is idolized not only in his country but also abroad and this is due to his personality which love justice and tend to it and work for dialogue and supported it, Those who are monitoring the human rights situation in our country must have observed the great care of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, since taking office, on promoting the human rights and protecting their liberty and this includes the citizens and residents alike. In addition, his interest, may God protect him, concerning human rights is highlighted through his ongoing directives to the governmental agencies to take into account the rights of individuals and enable them of their rights and his warn of overtaking and pledge to hold any official accountable no matter how high his position.

    Moreover, his support, may God protect him, for the human rights institutions in the country is highlighted through his emphasis on the independence of the National Society for Human Rights and allowing it to draw its own strategy.  He also demands from all the governmental agencies to facilitate its work so that it can carry out its duties stipulated in its statue and this is not surprising on the Custodian of  the Two Holy Mosques whose humanitarian mantra appeared in his speech when he took power in the country saying:” (I will smite with the sword of justice the injustice)”.                                    .

    He has also confirmed, may God protect him, this initial commitment through several initiatives in the field of human rights, the fight against corruption, support dialogue, the dissemination of education and the development of the judiciary. Moreover, support women’s rights, and find many of the laws and regulations required for the development of the country, concern for the poor and beneficiaries of social security services, and work for the economic development of the country through the economic cities and his support for the knowledge economy and other fields that  aimed at enabling the citizens to enjoy their right to a decent living.

     

    The Statement issued, on 15/3/2011 AD, by the Executive Council of the National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

    The Statement issued, on 15/3/2011 AD, by the Executive Council of the National Society for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

    According to the role of the Executive Council of the NSHR in achieving the objectives of the Society regarding the human rights protection, in accordance with the ordainments of the Islamic Muslim law, the Governing Statue in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, coming from Quran and Sunnah, and the International conventions and covenants regarding human rights and according to what the Society has monitored and recently followed in the local public aspect, the Executive Council highly appreciates the steps recently announced by the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. For more illustration, these steps are concerned with maintaining the security of the Kingdom and its stability and supporting the standard of living of the citizens as well as improving the economic and social conditions  for some groups to achieve better levels of development in the Kingdom.

    The Executive Council has also watched the citizens insight to the regional situation around them and their understanding regarding the fundamentals of religion and nation (its gain and leadership) which frustrated the attempts of provoking the ideas and attitudes that might affect the Kingdom’s security and safety. This is without denying the right of expression by the valid legitimate and systematic means which protect the homeland’s security and the sustainability of its stability and without ignoring the legitimate demands of some citizens which will find all the care and concern from the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques  in providing a decent life for all citizens ,men and women, taking into account the human rights without any discrimination.

    The Executive Council takes this opportunity to express his confidence in this cohesion between the government and citizens, and calls the people of this country for more work, cooperation and cohesion so as to  achieve stability and preserve the gains that have been achieved so far. The Council has also mentioned that there are still an urgent need to activate and develop the practices and programs belonging to the internal public affairs and which referred to in the reports issued by the Society on the status of human rights in the Kingdom, such as:

     

    1-   Continue in the project of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for political reform which will ensure the expansion of the popular participation through the expansion in electing the members of the municipal council and consider electing some members of the district councils and the Shoura Council and give them greater powers to monitor the budgets and the accountability of executives which support economic, social and security stability as well as saving the public money from encroachment.

     

    2-   Spread the spirit of  good citizenship and activate this feeling among all the classes of society in various regions of the Kingdom without discrimination in order to save this great entity and support its regional and global leadership, and devotes its status for stability and security as well as the protection of human rights.

    3-   Implement the national strategy for protecting the integrity and anti-corruption, approved by the Council of Ministers in the Kingdom, and hasten the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Commission and the issuance of the necessary rules, regulations and procedures that will accelerate the tackling of the financial and administrative corruption, and promote the principle of accountability in all governmental agencies with preventing the misuse of power and influence .

    4-   Strengthen the independence of the Judiciary and protect the judges from interference and from being influenced, hold negligent of them, and activate the application of judicial systems and judicial inspection in order to ensure Human Rights in the Kingdom.

    5-   Activate the role of the Civil Society Organizations in participating in the decisions of the national dialogue and respecting the freedom of opinion and expression and the defense of rights.

    6-   Find urgent, effective and fast solutions regarding the issues of people who do not have identification papers or identities and work to correct their situation so as to ensure their access to their rights and prevent the negative effects of their current situation.

    7-   Develop an urgent and effective implementation for the Criminal Procedures System and accountable those who are careless towards its application from the competent authorities. This is to ensure the release of the prisoners who have exhausted their sentence and deal with the security detainees in a way that will allow them to communicate with their families and their defense. In addition, activating their economic and social contribution in their homeland and enabling a speed directly of the Commission for Investigation and Prosecution to their cases as well as activating the prisons’ surveillance including the detective’s prisons.

    8-   Empowerment of women, children and the elderly of their legitimate and systemic rights and speed issuing for the Code of Personal Status regarding the idiosyncratic opinion that is likely honorable to the changing circumstances and times. In addition, directing the judiciary to speed action on women’s issues with the social dimension so as to protect the family and children and to solve the domestic violence issues.

    9-   Ensure the right to work, housing, education and health for all citizens through implementing the decisions and Royal orders issued in this regard, expanding its implementation, activating the relevant programs and monitoring the implementation of the approved projects in order to achieve its social and development goals. Besides, supporting the principle of decentralization in the management of these vital sectors and speed the cancellation of the procedures that hinder  achieving the goals without sacrificing the control and accountability.

    10-  The Society stresses the importance of the dialogue adopted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as a way to start claiming any demands; and it hopes that the mechanisms and means  will be put to achieve that and to ensure the continuation of cohesion and solidarity between the community and good leadership.

    The National Society for Human Rights welcomes the statement of the Council of Ministries

    The National Society for Human Rights welcomes the statement of the Council of Ministries

    The NSHR has welcomed the statement of the Council of Ministries, issued on Monday 20/7/2011 AD – 10/8/1432 AH, that called on the Arab governments to adopt serious reforms that guarantee the rights and dignity of the Arab citizen.

    The Society has said that this call comes in line with the project of King Abdullah for reform and with his ongoing directives concerning respecting people’s rights and freedom and warning against abuse treatment with all individuals, whether citizens or residents. The Society added that the human rights and dignity have become today the mainstay of development and progress in the world. Moreover, the Society has also called all the officials in the governmental agencies to strict to these Royal directives and make them an essential criterion to evaluate the performance of their agencies.

    The National Society for Human Rights’ Statement, on 25/7/2011 AD, about the Penal System for the Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing

    The National Society for Human Rights’ Statement, on 25/7/2011 AD, about the Penal System for the Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing

    The NSHR has followed-up the reactions of some international human rights organizations on the draft penal system, which is recently approved by the Shoura Council, for the crimes of terrorism and their financing. The Society has not seen the issued order because of the mechanism of issuing regulations followed by the Council and that prevent informing the citizens about the draft system except after being approved. There are raised reviews about this system since it has not take enough time to be studied and discussed in the Council.

    Despite the Society’s appreciation to the eagerness and great effort made by the governmental authorities, particularly the Ministry of Interior, to maintain the security of the homeland and its citizens and address all hazards that may threaten the security of the society and its stability as well as the importance of the accountability and punishment for those who are found involved in any terrorist act, the Society recalls the importance of preserving the noble values and traditions that control the relationship between the leadership and citizens in the Kingdom, derived from the Shariah and the values of Arabian horses, and  protecting them against any regular texts that are derived from the experiences of other countries which are now in a painful positions. The Society also asserts that the terrorist incidents, suffered by the Kingdom and overtaken by the praise of God, should not be the basis and motivation to legislate regulations that may negatively affect the special relationship between the leadership in the Kingdom and its citizens through giving absolute powers to some governmental agencies that may result in the violations of human rights and freedom which are incompatible with the system of justice in the Kingdom. For instance,  the Criminal Procedure Code and System Procedures legitimacy derived from the Islamic law and international Conventions ratified by the Kingdom and the Governing Statute which emphasizes the values ​​of justice and the special relationship between the leadership and the citizens.

    Consequently, the Society considers the need for prudence in the issuance of this system, which is till before the competent authorities, and reviewing its articles accurately and formulating them in a way that will prevent any misinterpretation or application especially those that affect the human rights and freedom or affect the role of the Judiciary and its independence.

    May God save our leadership and our country from all harm.

    The Society’s Statement, on 25/9/2011 AD, about the Royal Approval to the involvement of women in the membership of the Shoura Council and municipal councils

    The Society’s Statement, on 25/9/2011 AD, about the Royal Approval to the involvement of women in the membership of the Shoura Council and municipal councils

    The National Society for Human Rights has welcomed the decisions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abd El Aziz, regarding the empowerment of woman of its rights in the membership of Shoura Council as to the next session as well as its right to stand and vote in the municipal councils. These decisions are considered a continuation of the orientation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to enhance the participation of Saudi woman in social life in accordance with the regulations approved by the Islamic Shariah. This step comes compatible with the claims of the Society, during the last period, to involve women in the affairs of their community and highlights the continued constructivism approach of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and supports the women’s participation in the community. Besides, the NSHR hopes that the Saudi women will carry out their responsibilities in serving their community which reflects this Royal trust.

    The National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release, on 15/9/2012 AD, about the condemnation of the film offending Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him

    The National Society for Human Rights has issued the following press release, on 15/9/2012 AD, about the condemnation of the film offending Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him

    The NSHR in Saudi Arabia deplores the production of a film insulting Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him, and the Islamic religion by a irresponsible group in the United States and strongly condemns those who produced, displayed and supported the film. It also calls all the countries and the humanity and human rights organizations in the world to prevent such practices and abuses and stop them and prevent their recurrence as well as criminalize who did it. In addition, they should work on reducing the spread of such practices and prevent finding legal excuses for those who did that under the protection of the freedom of expression which should respect the human rights and not offend his beliefs, sanctities, and his religious symbols. All the international conventions, treaties and covenants emphasize on the respect of religions, beliefs and religious symbols of all people. Moreover, such action is considered a violation of Article II, paragraph twenty of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which states the following: ” the law prohibits any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence”.

    Besides, being against any action that led to hate and lack of respect for cultural and religious diversity which is consistent with the decisions of the General Assembly of the United Nations and Human Right Council which are issued to combat the defamation of religions and assert their respect. All the states should also provide, within their legal and constitutional systems, adequate protection against the acts of hatred and discrimination resulting from the defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred in general. They should also take all possible measures to promote tolerance and respect for all religions and should exert the maximum effort, in accordance with their national legislation and in conformity with the international law of human rights, to ensure the full respect and protection of the religious symbols. In addition, the Society is calling the international community to activate these resolutions calling for the respect of all holy sites and criminalize insulting the prophets and apostles, Peace be upon them, as well as transmit these resolutions to the competent authorities to issue characters that will be part of the International Bill of human rights. All the Arab and Islamic countries have to exert also all efforts so as to ensure punishing who commit such abuse.

    The Society confirms its strong condemnation of insulting the Great Prophet and the tolerant message of Islam and it considers that the rejection and condemnation should be by legal and peaceful means away from violence, murder and innocent infringement and targeting diplomatic headquarters.

    The Society’s statement, on 17/4/2012 AD, about the kidnapping of the Saudi Deputy Consul in Yemen

    The Society’s statement, on 17/4/2012 AD, about the kidnapping of the Saudi Deputy Consul in Yemen

    On Wednesday 26/5/1433 AH – 17/4/2012 AD, the National Society for Human Rights has issued a press release about the kidnapping of the Saudi Deputy Consul in Yemen ,Abdullah El Khalidi, saying: “The National Society for Human Rights deplores and condemns the kidnapping incident that the Saudi Deputy Consul, Abdullah El Khalidi, was exposed to and stresses that this action is incompatible with the provisions of the Islamic Shariah and is considered a flagrant violation to the right of this citizen and his family and relatives. Moreover, the Society is calling those who are involved in this action to release him and it also confirms that what is said by who affiliated himself with the terrorist organization of  Al-Qaeda in Yemen regarding harming the kidnapped citizen is considered a corruption on earth and it highlights the real objectives of this organization which is not related to the principles of Islam.

    The Society’s Statement, on 29/12/2012 AD, about the release of the General Prison’s prisoners

    The Society’s Statement, on 29/12/2012 AD, about the release of the General Prison’s prisoners

    The National Society for Human Rights appreciates the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ order regarding his amnesty of the prisoners of the Public Right whom the competent authorities have assured the safety of their status as well as appreciating his direction, May God protect him, for releasing the prisoners who have proven their inability to repay their debts and challenges; and those who were not imprisoned because of major crimes or because of procrastination and manipulating people’s money. In addition, Dr. Mufleh Al Qahtani, the Chairman of the NSHR, has stressed that this directive from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, May God protect him, is not a surprising action as he is pardoning those who did not commit major crimes. He also stresses that this generous initiative has established the principle of tolerance and indicated that the leaders feel the citizen’s concerns and their desire to end the suffering of the families of those prisoners. The Chairman added that this amnesty is considered a humanitarian gesture from the leader of this blessed country toward a class of citizens and residents who have misbehaved and deviated from the righteous path.

    There is no doubt that this initiative will enter the pleasure on many of the families, whether citizens or residents, and will contribute in the mitigation of the overstock prisoners in the prisons. Moreover, The Chairman of the Society has expressed, at the end of his statement, in his name and the name of the Society’s members, his deep gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown prince on this initiative. He also assured that the Society is willing to integrate those prisoners in the society through the role of the competent authorities that should be done in this regard in order to ensure them and their families a decent living. The Society is willing for a quick implementation for this order so as to enable the prisoners to benefit from its provision as soon as possible, asking God Almighty to make this great humanitarian action in the advantages’ balance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and perpetuates him the grace of health and wellness.