Saudi Arabia Praised by 75% of UN Delegates in Human Rights Review

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Above: Saudi delegate addresses today’s UNHRC session

GENEVA, Nov. 5, 2018 — Following is a selection of the praise that Saudi Arabia received when its human rights record was reviewed today, as a part of a mandatory review that every country undergoes every five years at the UN Human Rights Council:

  • Venezuela: “We commend Saudi Arabia for empowering women.”
  • Pakistan: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] to empower women and promote gender equality.”
  • United Arab Emirates: “We commend Saudi Arabia for mainstreaming human rights.”
  • State of Palestine: “We believe that Saudi Arabia places great importance on human rights. We welcome its efforts in promoting human rights, protecting development and ensuring accountability.”
  • Yemen: “We commend the support provided [by Saudi Arabia] at all levels to the people of Yemen.”
  • Bahrain: “We hail the positive steps taken[by Saudi Arabia] to protect human rights.”
  • Jordan: “The Saudi government has made human rights one of its main priorities.”
  • Malaysia: “The efforts [by Saudi Arabia] in advancing women’s rights are commendable.”
  • Mauritania: “We applaud progress [by Saudi Arabia] in the fields of women’s rights, children’s rights, and rights of people with disabilities.”
  • Nigeria: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] in combating human trafficking and to promote the rights of domestic service workers.”
  • Eritrea: “We commend symbolic steps taken [by Saudi Arabia] to ensure equality.”
  • Gabon: “We commend reforms [by Saudi Arabia] to promote the rights of women and bring about their empowerment.”
  • Senegal: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] made to combat human trafficking.”
  • China:We commend Saudi Arabia for its adoption and implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030, as well as for its efforts in the area of economic, social development … and its judicial reform and fight against corruption.”
  • The Philippines: “We appreciate the determination [by Saudi Arabia] to combat human trafficking and to enhance the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers.”