The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia affirmed that confronting crimes against humanity and discussing the issue of combating impunity is a noble aim of achieving justice and the rule of law, as crimes against humanity are among the most serious crimes of concern in the international community.
This came in the Kingdom’s speech before the Sixth Committee (Legal Committee) at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, during the discussion of item (83) preventing and punishing crimes against humanity, delivered by the head of the Legal Committee in the Kingdom’s permanent delegation to the United Nations, Counselor Nidaa Abu Ali, today.
Abu Ali stressed the need to implement the principle of accountability and put an end to the impunity of the perpetrators of these crimes, stressing the Kingdom’s support for ways to achieve and achieve justice and what is stipulated in internal regulations and legislation and international agreements signed and in the framework of the Charter of the United Nations and international law in order to achieve the agreed goal, which is to combat impunity And working to clamp down on criminals as much as possible is what all states and international organizations must cooperate with and strive to achieve in order to achieve and implement justice.
She explained that with regard to the draft articles related to crimes against humanity and punishable, the Kingdom renews its position in stressing the need to take into account not to resort to the creation of new definitions that may cause confusion in the interpretation and concept of these terms, and stressed the importance of unifying the definitions contained in the relevant draft convention, such as slavery and torture. and enforced disappearance of persons in accordance with the relevant UN conventions.
Abu Ali reiterated the Kingdom’s affirmation that Article VII of the draft Convention on the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity and Punishment “representing the establishment of national jurisdiction requires each state to take the necessary measures to establish its jurisdiction over the crimes covered by the draft articles, as well as Article IX of the draft agreement represented in preliminary measures to be taken when the person alleged to have committed the crime is present, bearing in mind that the two articles contain an expansion of the concept and scope of the principle of universal jurisdiction.
She noted that this principle is still subject to study and discussion in the framework of the meetings of the Legal Committee concerned with the study and discussion of the principle of universal jurisdiction and its application in the framework of the work of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia considers the importance of examining the issue of judicial procedures considered by states in their national legislation To combat impunity, in light of the discrepancy between states in their current applications, and the different paths in force in states, taking into account not to deviate from the principles adopted in the Charter of the United Nations and international law, especially the principle of state sovereignty, immunity and equality in that.
At the conclusion of the speech, the Chairperson of the Legal Committee of the Kingdom’s permanent delegation to the United Nations stressed the keenness of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to establish solid rules of law stemming from the purposes and objectives of the United Nations Charter, leading to the achievement of international justice, security and peace.
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