Recommendations to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Norway's statement during the 31st UPR session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 5 November 2018. The statement was held by DPR Chargée Trine Heimerback.

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Norway welcomes Saudi Arabia’s participation in the UPR and positive steps taken (to include women in society, especially at workplaces, as recognized).

However, Norway remains gravely concerned about the deteriorated situation for human rights defenders, including journalists, and the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Norway recommends:

1) To ensure a safe and enabling environment for all human rights defenders, in particular for women human rights defenders and journalists.

2) Ensure that the country’s counter-terrorism legislation complies with international human rights norms, (including revising the broad definition of terrorism and no longer make it applicable to non-violent expressions).

3) Adopt measures to eliminate all remaining forms of discrimination against women, (including abolishing the guardianship system).

4) Establish a moratorium on executions as a step to abolish death penalty. 


Thank you.