Saudi Arabia: Immigrants

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Saudi Arabian authorities on the forceful detention of African migrants in covid-19 detention centres in that country.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We are monitoring the situation closely, as we always do on human rights issues. In July, I met with the Head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Dr Awwad al-Awwad, to discuss our human rights concerns. Lord Ahmad also discussed our concerns with Dr al-Awwad in June, including on human trafficking and migrant workers' rights. It is important that we work collectively to respond to the unprecedented threat of COVID-19 to limit the spread of the virus and to mitigate its negative impacts, whilst simultaneously respecting fundamental human rights.

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