The Tenth session of Adala Center for Human Rights (ACHR) against the Ministry of Social Affairs for rejecting to register the Center was held up earlier today, February 11, 2013, 2013, in the Administrative Court of Dammam in the Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.
In the session, Taha AlHajji, the ACHR lawyer, presented a memorandum as a reply to the one that was provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs’ representative in the ninth session which was held on January 14, 2013. At that previous session, the Ministry of Social Affairs’ representative insisted on declining the ACHR application for registration claiming that the Center’s objectives are incompatible with the enforced regulations of associations and charities, and the Ministry is not authorized to grant them the license.
The lawyer cleared, in his memorandum, that the representative of the Ministry’s memorandum included generic statements and did not provide identified, legitimate answers to the questions which were raised in previous sessions over the causes of refusing to license Adala Center and to illustrate the objectives which were claimed to be contradictory to the enforced regulations.
The lawyer said that he was surprised by the claim of Ministry’s representative who indicated that the concept of rule of law contradicts with this state’s regulations which is rule by the Islamic Sharia’h without referring to any legitimate justification while it is clear that the government and senior officials are keen on enforcing this concept.
The lawyer, also, indicated that the Center communicated King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and the Minister of Interior as well as the Human Rights Commission and the National Society for Human Rights. Communication with these sides is still ongoing and none of them expressed reservations, on the contrary, their responded positively to the Center.
Moreover, AlHajji demanded making the Ministry of Social Affairs rescind its decision, and obligating it to register and license the Center.
At the end of the session, the Ministry’s representative requested a delay to response to the Center’s memorandum. An appointment for the eleventh session was set on March 11, 2013.
It is important to mention that the members of Adala Center for Human Rights had filed a lawsuit in the Administrative Court against the Ministry of Social Affairs demanding it to rescind its decision which declines to register the Center on April 21, 2012.