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Saudi Arabia Solidifies Position on Promoting Protection of Human Rights | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reiterated its commitment to promote and protect human rights and its continued cooperation with international human rights measures, in particular, the universal periodic review mechanism, special procedures and international treaties, said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

This came in the Kingdom’s speech before the Human Rights Council in Geneva, which was delivered today by the Head of Human Rights Department of the Permanent Delegation of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations and international organizations, Dr. Fahd bin Obaid Al-Mutairi.

Al-Mutairi pointed out that during the last six months Saudi Arabia has received two special rapporteurs, coordinated and cooperated with them. The Kingdom also dedicated all efforts to assure that their mission is successful.

He stressed that the people of Palestine deserve freedom, to live like other people of the world and exercise their rights in their state away from the Israeli occupation.

Al-Mutairi called on the international community to assume its responsibilities and take necessary measures to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians. He urged that the forces come together and put an end to the Israeli disregard to international resolutions, stressing the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with Al-Quds (the Arabic name of Jerusalem) as its capital.