Saudi Interior Minister Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz inaugurated the first ever human rights meet in Riyadh, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s commitment to Sharia and the humanitarian principles. Speaking at the session of the conference at the elegant King Fahd Cultural Centre in Riyadh, the minister rejected accusations from abroad that the kingdom had violated human rights.
Such groups, he said, should look to their own human rights record before pointing an accusatory finger at others. He also said the occupation of the Palestinian territory, under the eyes of the world and in the face of all UN resolutions, was one of the most glaring examples of human rights violations in the current times.
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