For the first time: UN human rights probe in Saudi Arabia
For the first time, a special envoy of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights is expected to visit Saudi Arabia later this month after receiving an invitation from the kingdom, the UN said on Friday.
Dato'Param Cumaraswamy, UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, is to begin a seven-day mission to Saudi Arabia from October 20 that will focus on the state of the kingdom's judiciary, a statement said, according to AFP.
"This is the first time that the government of Saudi Arabia has invited a special rapporteur of the Commission for an official visit," it said. The Malaysian lawyer, appointed in the year 1994, will meet government and judiciary officials in the course of his trip.
In addition, he has meetings lined up with the interior, justice and foreign ministers as well as the president of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary and the High Court in Riyadh. A report from the visit will be presented at next spring's annual session of the Commission. (Albawaba.com)
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