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Who is the Saudi Shoura Council member on a wheelchair?

Saif, who is wheelchair-bound, was assigned on December 4 which marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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“I will devotedly convey the suffering of people with disabilities to the Shoura Council,” said Doctor Ahmad al-Saif who was recently assigned as member of the Saudi Shoura Council.

Saif, who is wheelchair-bound, was assigned on December 4 which marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

He had also been recently assigned as a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for four years - the first Saudi to be part of this committee.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Saif spoke about the plans he aims to achieve through his work at the Shoura Council.

Saif, who voiced gratitude that the Saudi king assigned him to the council, said the latter represents all of the society's categories, including people with disabilities.

“The council thus embodies the practical implementation of the principle of equal opportunities for all. This is an addition to the kingdom's record of looking after human rights. Persons with disabilities in the kingdom have aspirations and it's therefore a heavy burden that I will do my best to bear,” Saif said.

Saif is the second person with disability to be assigned to the Shoura Council as before him Doctor Mazen Khayat was assigned.

Saif became wheel-chair bound as a result of a car accident.

He is the first expert in the laws of disabilities and discrimination on the level of the Arab world and he's also an international expert in the rights of persons with disabilities.

He was a member of the Saudi human rights commission, member of the Saudi committee that looked into the circumstances of persons with disabilities in the kingdom and member of the legislative and legal committee in the kingdom's commission of human rights. He also supervised the unit in charge of the rights of persons with disabilities in the Saudi human rights commission. Saif later held the post of vice president of the economic, social and health rights' committee in the Saudi human rights commission.

He's done several researches. Some of them were entitled “Disability and international law,” “The laws of the World Trade Organization and rights of persons with disabilities,” and “Human rights and globalization of values.”

Saif is also a member of the Islamic World Council on Disability and Rehabilitation, the International Federation for persons with physical disability and the American Association of People with Disabilities.

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