Asharq Alawsat reports that the Saudi Human Rights Commission has opened a website to permit people to submit complaints on-line. This is a good thing as the Commission does not have offices in most cities. It’s not a perfect thing because the majority of Saudis are still not using the Internet. It does, however, accord with the government’s efforts to establish ‘e-governance’.
Saudi Human Rights Commission Launches Website
Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- On March 2, 2008, the head of the Human Rights Commission, Turki Sudairi inaugurated the Saudi Human Rights Commissionâ€™s website that will now accept complaints submitted via email and offer various online services.
Dr. Zaid al Hussein, the vice president of the Commissionâ€™s board for journalists, explained that â€œAnybody can lodge a complaint via e-mail. However, before we proceed with the complaint, we will determine the credibility of the sender.â€
According to Sudairi, the Human Rights Commission is facing problems with up to half of the cases that it deals with as a result of â€œthe lack of rules to regulate the process of examining these complaints.â€
The Human Rights Commission has resolved approximately 1,500 cases whilst only 20-30% of cases presented to it have been settled, explained Sudairi.
At a press conference after the inauguration of the Commissionâ€™s website Sudairi stated, â€œThe cases in which the Commission intervened have been settled on a personal level and did not reach the level of documentation.â€ Cases that have been solved have been related to security, social, domestic and work issues.