During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on freedom of expression, 2004
Saudi Arabia tabled a note verbale in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2014-2016 on 6 October 2013. Saudi Arabia made relatively few concrete pledges and commitments: the majority of the document was dedicated to describing existing practices and contributions to the promotion and protection of human rights.
At international level, Saudi Arabia pledged to: cooperate with Council and its mechanisms and actively participate in their work; cooperate with the UPR mechanism; and support the OHCHR by contributing $1million over a period of five years (starting 2012).
Domestically, Saudi Arabia committed to enacting legislation and establishing mechanisms to strengthen the institutional framework for human rights. Saudi Arabia also undertook to cooperate with the OHCHR and specialised agencies to conduct training programmes on human rights, thereby building national capacity.
An analysis of steps taken by Saudi Arabia in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that Saudi Arabia has participated in around a quarter of panel discussions and dialogues. Regarding cooperation with the Special Procedures mechanism, Saudi Arabia has not extended a Standing Invitation and has accepted only 3 out of 15 visit requests. It has replied to 20 out of 45 communications received. Saudi Arabia so far fulfilled its pledge to donate at least US$1 million to the OHCHR every year (starting in 2012), contributing US$1million in 2014 and US$1.65 million in 2015.