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Human Rights: Saudi Arabia has made progress

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Saudi Arabia’s latest human rights report, presented at the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, has garnered widespread international commendation.

The UPR, a key mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council, reviews member states’ human rights obligations every four years © Mena Today 

Saudi Arabia’s latest human rights report, presented at the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, has garnered widespread international commendation.

The praise is based on the significant progress the Kingdom made between 2018 and 2023, driven by its national transformation plan and development initiative “Vision 2030.”

Saudi government’s programs, projects, regulations, and legislations have brought about substantial positive changes across various sectors.

The report, part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, marks Saudi Arabia’s fourth review following its last in 2018.

During the review session, the US praised Saudi Arabia’s modernization of its economy and societal development.

The United Kingdom recognized the progress in women’s rights and opportunities, attributing this to social and legal reforms under Vision 2030.

Argentina, Austria, and China also commended Saudi Arabia’s commitment to human rights improvements, including combating trafficking and child labor, legislative reforms, and support for international peace efforts.

Cyprus, Germany and Italy acknowledged progress in women’s rights and foreign worker protections.

Iran recognized the family law issuance and the “job mobility service” for foreign workers.

France congratulated Saudi Arabia on its large-scale human rights efforts.

Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and Russia praised Saudi Arabia for various advancements, including educational opportunities for women, disability rights, and gender pay equality.

Mexico, Portugal, and Spain welcomed reforms like the Travel Documents Law and the Civil Status Law, emphasizing the empowerment of women and workers.

Sweden appreciated the progress in economic and social rights, particularly for women and girls.

The UPR, a key mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council, reviews member states’ human rights obligations every four years.

Established by the UN General Assembly in 2006, the UPR aims to encourage countries to promote and protect human rights domestically.

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