A new law that seeks to shield whistleblowers, witnesses, victims, experts, and their families has been approved by Saudi Arabia

by | Feb 16, 2024

A law for the protection of whistleblowers, witnesses, experts, and victims has been approved by the Saudi Council of Ministers, a significant step toward protecting people who jeopardize their safety by disclosing information about crimes.

The Cabinet's weekly meeting, presided over by King Salman, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Riyadh, saw the approval.

The 39-article law aims to shield witnesses, victims, whistleblowers, experts, and their families from threats of any kind, including assault, retaliation, and intimidation.

The law is crucial in combatting crimes and ensuring the delivery of evidence in court cases due to its promotion and facilitation of information sharing.

This law gives judicial authorities the ability to protect people who come forward with information by ensuring their safety and preventing any harm or adverse effects on their ability to provide such information, according to Dr. Essam bin Saad be Saeed, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet, and acting minister of media.

Additionally, the Cabinet received information about recent discussions and consultations the Kingdom had with a number of friendly countries.

Messages  from the Spanish and Gambian presidents highlighting the ongoing diplomatic ties were sent to King Salman, the Crown Prince, and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salaman.

The Saudi Crown Prince and his Bahraini counterpart Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa co-chaired the third meeting of the Saudi-Bahi Coordination Council, which the Cabinet praised for its results during the session.

Cooperation between the two nations is anticipated to improve as a result of the signing of numerous agreements and memoranda of understanding.

The Cabinet also emphasized the significance of a swift and total ceasefire to put an end to the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip.

The meeting also emphasized the importance of implementing the two-state solution and recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine within its 1967 borders.

The Cabinet praised the World Defense Show's successful organization, emphasizing the Kingdoms dedication to advancing national capabilities in accordance with Saudi Vision 2030 and supporting the military industries sector.

A draft memorandum of understanding between Singapore and the two governments regarding the creation of a strategic partnership council was also approved by the Council for the Minister of Foreign Affairs (or his deputy) to discuss and sign.

Environment, water, agriculture, digitization, electronic manufacturing, direct investment, and scientific and educational cooperation with nations like Ethiopia, Eritrea, Burundi, Tanzania, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya were also discussed and signed as part of the authorizations.

Additionally, the Cabinet approved a financing agreement between the National Counter Terrorism Agency of Indonesia and the Saudi Presidency of State Security in the area of counterterrorism.

The Saudi National Traveler Security Center and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior's Nationality, Passports, and Residence Affairs also approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the area of passenger security.

With the passage of this law, Saudi Arabia has taken a significant step toward ensuring the safety and security of those who come forward with important information, aiding in the country's ongoing efforts to combat crimes and uphold justice.

Source: Arabian Business




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