Head of Saudi Human Rights Commission addresses U.N. Council

March 2, 2009

President of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban led the Saudi delegation to the 10th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which convened today in Geneva.


In a speech before the meeting, Dr. Al-Aiban stressed Saudi efforts to protect human rights across the world. "In line with this approach, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has called for many international dialogue conferences to build bridges of dialogue and constructive cooperation among the peoples and followers of religions, civilizations and cultures in the world," he said.

Dr. Al-Aiban noted that the Kingdom has donated $1 billion for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip; $1 billion for the International Development Bank (IDB) to be allocated to the Treatment of Poverty Problems Fund; $500 million for the World Food Program; and $150,000 for the 2nd Durban Conference, which will be held in Geneva in April 2009.

Regarding domestic reform, Dr. Al-Aiban cited the creation of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, an institution designed to spread the culture of human rights and expand participation and freedom of expression all over the Kingdom.