Saudi Human Rights Commission Chief: We Have No Secret Detention Centers

The head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Bandar Al-Aiban, stressed Thursday that there were no secret detention centers in Saudi Arabia, saying they violated laws. Al-Aiban told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that the Kingdom has taken all necessary measures in the case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Riyadh “categorically rejects any talk about the internationalization of the Khashoggi case,” he said. Any such attempt would undermine Saudi sovereignty and would be considered as interference in its internal affairs, he added.

The accused in the “unfortunate” killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year have so far attended three court hearings along with their lawyers, Al-Aiban told the Council.

On the UN recommendations on human rights, Al-Aiban said Riyadh was in the process of studying them but that some of them contradicted Saudi regulations. On the Yemeni crisis, he said the Arab Coalition is committed to international human rights law.

SOURCE: Asharq Al-Awsat