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:
1- Venezuela: “We commend Saudi Arabia for empowering women.
2- ”Pakistan: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] to empower women and promote gender equality.
3- ”United Arab Emirates: “We commend Saudi Arabia for mainstreaming human rights.
4- ”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.
5- ”Yemen: “We commend the support provided [by Saudi Arabia] at all levels to the people of Yemen.
6- ”Bahrain: “We hail the positive steps taken[by Saudi Arabia] to protect human rights.
7- ”Jordan: “The Saudi government has made human rights one of its main priorities.
8- ”Malaysia: “The efforts [by Saudi Arabia] in advancing women’s rights are commendable.
9- ”Mauritania: “We applaud progress [by Saudi Arabia] in the fields of women’s rights, children’s rights, and rights of people with disabilities.
10- ”Nigeria: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] in combating human trafficking and to promote the rights of domestic service workers.
11- ”Eritrea: “We commend symbolic steps taken [by Saudi Arabia] to ensure equality.
12- ”Gabon: “We commend reforms [by Saudi Arabia] to promote the rights of women and bring about their empowerment.
13- ”Senegal: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] made to combat human trafficking.
14- ”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.
15- ”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.”