On the 89th anniversary of the National Day, the President of the Human Rights Commission, Dr Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad emphasized the significance of this glorious day to Saudi people, as it stands a reminder of the sacrifices and efforts of the founding King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud, may Allah have mercy upon him, and the internal and external historical achievements that started under his auspicious leadership and continued along the journey of progress by his successors, with their wise vision and rightful approach. Together they established a strong, civilized state, united under the eternal banner of Islam, and a cohesive society brought together by love, harmony and a national unity that witnesses further prosperity and comprehensive development with every passing year.
On this occasion, Alawwad gave an address in which he said:
"It gives me great pleasure to extend my sincerest congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and His Royal Highness the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – may Allah preserve them – and to the Saudi people on the 89th anniversary of the National Day. Today we reminisce about the glory and eminence of the olden days, brought about by the forefather and honored by the descendants. We reflect upon the many achievements immortalized in the history of our dear nation upon which Allah bestowed the privilege of serving His religion and His two holy mosques.
"In celebration of the 89th National Day, let us recall the generous gestures and lofty aspirations of His Majesty King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud, may Allah have mercy on him, when he stressed on the importance of promoting human rights and protecting them against any encroachment and uttered his famous words, "In my lifetime, I never wish to hear that someone has been a victim of injustice. I do not wish for Allah to burden my shoulders with the guilt of an oppressed soul or the failure to alleviate the suffering of any, or to reclaim a grieved right."These words were but the first building blocks for the protection and promotion of human rights in the Kingdom."
Alawwad continued his speech by saying:
"During the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz AlSaud and His Royal Highness the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, may Allah preserve them, the Kingdom has responded to the global reality and adapted to the modern changes in the world today by adopting a realistic vision of the civilization and developmental fabric, namely the Saudi Vision 2030. This innovative vision of comprehensive revival was engineered by the architect of development himself, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with the aim to strengthen and modernize the Kingdom, and invest in man as a priceless national resource. There have been numerous initiatives, plans and objectives that have resulted in large-scale projects that will surely fulfill the aspirations of the wise leadership in transforming the Kingdom to global competitor across various fields."
Alawwad stressed that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque and His Highness the Crown Prince, has witnessed qualitative leaps in the human rights movement across the nation. Their persistence in achieving progress has led to the issuance in a number of orders, decisions and laws during the year 1439/1440 H, which together formed the legal and institutional frameworks that have contributed to the protection and promotion of human rights. This advancement stems from their wish to fulfill Sharia principles and provisions, and abide with the Kingdom's laws and its commitments under the regional and international human rights conventions to which it has become party, with Alawwad noting that the journey to resolve human rights issues is still ongoing under their wise guidance and leadership.
Alawwad highlighted that the Kingdom has fulfilled its human rights obligations and submitted all its international reports, becoming one of 36 out of 197 countries worldwide to have committed to doing so.
At the end of his statement, the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission prayed for the protection and stability of the Kingdom under the wise leadership, for the continued success of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince in their march of progress and development, and for the perpetual prosperity of our dear nation.