Saudi Arabia, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights sign MoU

June 27, 2012

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of technical cooperation in Geneva today. The MoU was signed by President of the Human Rights Commission Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay. It specifies that the Saudi Human Rights Commission will implement programs and activities in collaboration with the U.N. High Commissioner aimed at enhancing national capabilities and spreading a culture of human rights in the Kingdom. This will include organizing training courses for employees in relevant sectors and preparing guidebooks for this purpose in light of Islamic Shariah law.

In a press statement, Dr. Al-Aiban said that the agreement comes within the framework of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s efforts to enhance and protect human rights. For her part, the U.N. High Commissioner expressed thanks to King Abdullah for supporting her organization’s activities.