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The venue for the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. © 2008 Reuters

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia has underscored continuing efforts to reinforce and protect human rights in tandem with the Islamic sharia. The kingdom reiterated its steady stance that calling for human rights worldwide does not necessarily mean imposing concepts and principles that contradict with the sharia.

Saudi Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasel made this statement in his speech before the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday. He added that capital punishments are issued in Saudi Arabia only in extremely dangerous crimes by a state-formed court and according to specific judicial regulatory procedures.

Wasel affirmed that Bahrain is exerting tangible and restless efforts to protect human rights within its sovereign right to defend its security and stability against any foreign interventions or terrorist acts that aim to shake security and dissociate the kingdom’s unity.

Again, Saudi Arabia called on the international community to be in charge and to take necessary procedures to put an end to the Palestinian people agony and the occupation authorities’ neglect of international resolutions.

Wasel asserted the Palestinian people right to establish an independent state of capital Jerusalem.