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Technical cooperation in Saudi Arabia


The Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) for Human Rights Capacity Development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia commenced in 2014, based on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government. The Programme is supported by a team based in Riyadh under the OHCHR Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, based in Beirut Lebanon.

The main objective of the Technical Cooperation Programme is to develop national capacities for the protection and promotion of human rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In addition, the programme aims at strengthening the engagement of the Kingdom with the international human rights mechanisms,

The Programme is being implemented in collaboration with the Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC) taking into consideration the needs of the SHRC and other government entities, as well as the recommendations emanating from international human rights mechanisms.

The Programme includes: 1) activities to strengthen the cooperation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the UN human rights mechanisms, including the preparation of periodic reports and monitoring the implementation of the recommendations; 2) activities that aim to adapt national legislations to international standards in accordance with the Kingdom's international obligations; 3) training of trainers in human rights and wide-scale dissemination of a culture of human rights in the Kingdom; 4) activities related to the protection and promotion of human rights through capacity development of the SHRC and the strengthening of its role in coordination with other external and internal stakeholders, including media, civil society organisations and youth groups.

For more information on the implementation of the Technical Cooperation Programme activities, please click here.