Saudi launches hotline for police abuse complaints

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Saudi Arabia has launched an interactive telephone hotline for citizens to lodge complaints about any excesses against them by policemen in the kingdom, local Arab News reported Thursday.

The toll-free number 989 was set up after the opening of a branch office of the kingdom's Human Rights Commission at the Public Security authority.

Similar branch offices of the domestic rights watchdog have been opened at ministries of education and justice as well as the commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice -- the Kingdom's powerful religious police, Bandar al-Aiban, the commission's president, was quoted by the paper as saying.

"We intend to open branches in other government departments and hopefully they would contribute to preventing excesses and finding solutions to rights violations if any," he said.

Saeed al-Marri, the office manager, said the number can receive 90,000 calls a day. "People can also enquire about traffic violations and the requirements of various security services," he added.

"The main objective of this office is to ensure the commitment of Public Security and its branches in taking care of human right in all their dealings, and this demands effective interaction with the public," al-Marri said.

Source: Xinhua


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