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23-01-2012

Saudi Activists Rebuff the Government's Rejection to Register their Center

A group of Saudi human rights activists filed a complaint to the Minister of Social Affairs after its rejection to grant them a permit to establish a center for defending human rights in the country.

 

The founders of Adala (Justice) Center for Human Rights, represented by the prominent human rights activists Sadek Al-Ramadan had applied for a permit to establish the center as a non-governmental foundation last month. However, the Ministry had rejected the application on the basis that the objectives of the Centre do not go along with the rules of procedures of Associations Law.

 

The founders, consisting of 21 activists and lawyers of both sex, filed a complaint to the Minister of Social Affairs Yusif Al Uthaymeen. In their letter, Al-Ramadan demanded that the decision to be reconsidered for granting a legal permit to the Center to enable it to monitor and document human rights cases and to educate citizens and immigrants expatriates on their legal rights.

 

The founders of Adala Center are committed to exert all efforts on the official level in order to be granted the permit, and are considering filing a case at the Saudi Board of Grievances (Administrative Court) if their request was rejected by the Minister.

 

The Center was established last year on 10 December, which commemorates the International Human Rights Day. The establishment letter was also directed to senior government officials including HM King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, and Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Naif bin Abdulaziz and the Minister of Social Affairs. In addition, a copy of the letter was sent to the official Human Rights Commission and the National Society for Human Rights.

 

The Center's objectives include supporting citizens and immigrant workers and promoting human rights culture in the Saudi society. Its work and activities will be governed by The Centre's basic system will depend on the principles of international human rights laws, regional conventions as well as related Saudi legislations.

 

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