45th UPR Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, as delivered by Ms Jannicke GRAATRUD,
Minister, Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway in Geneva.
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22 January 2024
Norway welcomes the progress on social and economic rights, especially for women, but concerns remain regarding political and civil rights.
Norway recommends that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
- Declares a moratorium on the use of the death penalty and moves towards the abolition of death penalty.
- Strengthen(s) the legal protection of migrant workers and enforces labour protection legislation equally for commercial and domestic employees; and reviews the individual sponsorship system.
- Ensures that the counter-terrorism legislation complies with international human rights standards, so as not to criminalize peaceful exercise of freedom of expression, assembly, and association.
- Ensures a safe and enabling environment for all human rights defenders and journalists , in particular for women human rights defenders.