'We have nothing to hide'
'We hope that the visit will take place in the year 2000 and that the Special Rapporteur
will report to the 2001 session of the UN Commission on Human Rights.' Amnesty International
Saudi Arabia delivered a statement at yesterday's session of the UN Commission on
Human Rights in response to an intervention earlier in the day by the European Union which
referred to human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, among other countries.
Amnesty International noted that the Saudi Arabian delegation expressed the desire to
cooperate with the Commission on the basis of 'transparency, clarity and objectivity' and stated
that 'the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has nothing to hide'. These statements echo responses by
government officials reported in the media during the last two days.
Amnesty International launched its first global campaign against human rights violations
in Saudi Arabia on 28 March, and has yet to receive a direct response from the government to its
report and requests to discuss its findings.
'We hope this will mark the beginning of frank and far reaching discussion of human
rights issues,' said Amnesty International's Secretary General Pierre San«, 'and that we will
receive a positive response to our outstanding requests to the authorities to send a delegation to
Saudi Arabia for talks with the government and judicial officials, fact-finding and trial
observation.We trust that this is a stepping stone towards resolving the serious human rights
concerns that we have outlined in our report.'