Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz has formally endorsed the establishment of the National Human Rights Association (NHRA) in a cable to its President, Dr. Abdullah bin Salih Al-Obaid. Wishing the organization every success, King Fahd stated that his endorsement arises from the fact that Article (26) of the Kingdom’s constitution, which is based on Shariah [Islamic Law], covers the protection and preservation of citizens’ rights.
Dr. Al-Obaid confirmed that NHRA emanates from the rulings of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah [deeds and sayings of the Prophet] as well as the statutes of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Announcing the names of the 41 members, he pointed out that they include several holders of doctorate degrees, and ten women. Three of the women are on the elected nine-member Executive Council.
Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz has announced that a government-run human rights commission will soon be set up. The establishment of NHRA, he said, is only one step along the way of continuous reforms in the economic, education and political fields.
[see Press Release on founding of NHRA]