2004 News Story

Justice Minister affirms human rights in Islam

At the 43rd conference of the legal consultative organization for Asia and Africa in the Indonesian city of Bali, Minister of Justice Abdullah Al As-Shaikh affirmed that Saudi Arabia believes the issue of human rights in Islam is based on firm principles as an integral part of religion for Muslims, in accordance with the instructions of God Almighty. The preservation of human rights, he said, is not something granted by a ruler, or a legislature, or a charter, or a document issued by a regional or even an international organization; and declared that Saudi Arabia provides an ideal example of preserving human rights in today’s world, since no ruler or authority is allowed to alter, abrogate, delete, amend or suspend the pillars of the religion, including those of human rights.