RIYADH - The Ministry of Interior launched a human rights website Tuesday to create greater communication between the ministry and the public.
Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs, Prince Muhammad Bin Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, launched the initiative.
Colonel Ibrahim Al-Men’ai, Supervisor of the Human Rights Department at the ministry, said the website will allow the public to send in their remarks and complaints about the performance of security personnel.
Apart from this, Al-Men’ai said the department has devoted a toll free telephone number, 989, for members of the public to express their opinions or report those security officials who have broken the law.
Another objective behind the service is to familiarize the public with services of the ministry. It also aims to ensure that the public is made aware that security officials are not above the law and that justice will take its course against those who abuse their powers.
He said the new information technology system enables the department to receive 240 telephone calls simultaneously from within the Kingdom through the 989 number, or from outside the Kingdom through the toll free telephone number 0096612928888. It can also receive 32 faxes.
The service allows the public to send their remarks in Arabic and English. The department can also provide advice to any government agency, if requested to do so, on issues pertaining to human rights.
He said the ministry is considering a plan to send some of its personnel on intensive training courses within and outside the Kingdom. Some staffers have already been sent on scholarships to the United States and Canada where they attended crash courses in English and computer terminology. – Okaz/SG