Dr. Noura Al-Amro: Pioneering Saudi Human Rights Expert

Dr. Noura bint Mazyad Al-Amro, a Saudi human rights expert, has been elected as the vice chairperson of the UN Human Rights Council’s advisory committee. This is a prestigious position that reflects the achievements and efforts of Saudi Arabia in the field of human rights.

What are the qualifications and achievements of Dr. Al-Amro?

  • Dr. Al-Amro is a distinguished scholar and practitioner of human rights, with a PhD in international human rights law from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is also a professor of public international law and human rights at the Institute of Diplomatic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Dr. Al-Amro has extensive experience in the field of human rights, both at the national and international levels. She has participated in several human rights conferences and workshops, and she has published several articles and books on human rights topics. She is also a member of several human rights organizations and committees, such as the Saudi Human Rights Association, the Arab Organization for Human Rights, and the Saudi National Committee for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law.
  • She was elected as a member of the UN Human Rights Council’s advisory committee in 2020, for a term of three years. She is the first Saudi woman to hold this position and the second Saudi expert after Dr. Ibrahim Al-Haidari, who served on the committee from 2011 to 2014.

The Implications and Expectations of Dr. Al-Amro’s

  • Dr. Al-Amro’s election as vice chairperson of the UN Human Rights Council’s advisory committee is a major win for Saudi Arabia’s human rights agenda. This reflects global recognition of Saudi Arabia’s recent human rights reforms and initiatives.
  • In her role, Dr. Al-Amro has a significant responsibility and opportunity to influence global human rights discourse. As vice chairperson, she will support the chairperson in leading the committee and represent it at various events. Her expertise will guide the committee’s work on current and future human rights issues.
  • Dr. Al-Amro has expressed gratitude for her election and commitment to her duties. also, she has commended the support of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who have prioritized human rights in Saudi policy.
  • Dr. Al-Amro’s role as vice chairperson indeed inspires Saudi Arabia, particularly its women and youth, who have seen significant progress in recent years. Moreover, it underscores Saudi Arabia’s ambition to play a constructive role in international affairs and to promote human rights both domestically and globally.


Hala Mazyad Al-Tuwaijri, President of the Saudi Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia

Human Rights Council’s Advisory

Dr. Al-Amro’s role inspires Saudi Arabia, especially its women and youth. Moreover, it highlights Saudi Arabia’s global ambition. It emphasizes its commitment to advancing human rights, both domestically and globally.

Experts from different regions and backgrounds compose the advisory committee, representing the diversity and richness of the human rights discourse. Dr. Al-Amro is one of the four experts from the Asia Group, along with representatives from China, Japan, and Pakistan.

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