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GCC justice ministers meet in Riyadh

The communiqué issued by the Ministers of Justice of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council

(GCC) at the end of their 12th meeting in Riyadh yesterday stated that agreement had been reached on the

drafting of unified penal measures and standard regulations for custodial penalties. Also discussed were

experts' recommendations concerning treatment of juveniles and dealings with the international criminal

court. In the communiqué the ministers condemned Israel's recent blatant aggression against unarmed

Palestinians, its desecration of Islamic holy sites, the shooting at worshippers in the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque,

and heinous crimes against women, children, and the elderly in the occupied Palestinian territories. They

called on the international community, world organizations and the Security Council of the United Nations

to shoulder their responsibilities and take the necessary measures to halt these ugly crimes, which go

against international principles, norms and agreements.