OHCHR and Saudi Human rights Commission cooperate to raise awareness on the UN Convention against Torture

Jan 10, 2016

UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Mr. Firas Gharaibeh and HE Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, President of Saudi Human Rights Commission

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) jointly with the Saudi Human rights Commission have organized a two day symposium to enhance awareness on the UN Convention against Torture. The event was organized from 6- 7 January 2016 in Riyadh. In his opening remarks, the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. on behalf of UNCT, Mr. Firas Gharaibeh, appreciated the efforts of both the Saudi Human Rights Commission and OHCHR in strengthening human rights protection in Saudi Arabia.

The symposium is part of OHCHR a technical cooperation program to build and enhance national capacity to protect and promote human rights in Saudi Arabia.  Around 120 participants attends the symposium among them 50 women. The symposium targeted key official from different Saudi ministries, civil society organizations and a group of law students from different universities in Riyadh.

Seven topics were covered such as definition of Torture and the difference between torture and I'll- treatment, mechanisms for torture prevention, effective mechanisms to investigate torture and presentation best practices on Torture prevention - Tunisia was presented as a case study.
Three experts delivered the symposium session (Abdelwahab Hani, member of CAT, Mazen Shaqura from OHCHR Tunisia and Nidal Jurdi from OHCHR Beirut.

The symposium topics were well received by the participants.

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