Thursday, 12 Dec 2019

Rights Human Rights Commission recommends the enactment of a special law criminalizing all forms of racial discrimination

Riyadh, The Human Rights Commission recommended the enactment of a law criminalizing racial discrimination, in a culmination of national laws prohibiting the practice of all forms of racial discrimination, promoting a culture of tolerance, respect for human rights and preserving national cohesion.

The Commission stressed that the Islamic Sharia calls for justice and equality in rights and duties, and the State also gave the issue of racial discrimination the necessary consideration through the enactment of many laws and regulations, where Article 8 of the Basic Law of Governance states: (Governance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shall be based on justice, consultation and equality in accordance with Islamic Sharia). Article 47 of the Law guarantees equality before the judiciary for all individuals without any discrimination, as follows: "The right of litigation is equally guaranteed to citizens and residents of the Kingdom". Article 1 of the Civil Service Law stipulates: "qualification is the basis for the selection of employees to hold public office" and Article 3 of the Labor Law contains the text: "Citizens are equal in the right to work".

The Commission stresses that the enactment of such a law would be a culmination of the measures taken to combat racial discrimination, especially that the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, with the Kingdom's accession to it, has become an integral part of the Kingdom's national laws and enjoys the same legal authority.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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