Student seeks help from rights watchdog after failing to graduate

September 11, 2012

A Saudi university student has sought the support of the National Human Rights Association after he complained of a teacher’s reprisal that made him fail nine times and miss out on graduation.

In his complaint, Abdul Aziz Hassan Al Namri said that he was only three credits away from graduating when he was dismissed from the university for using up the possibilities to pass the exams.

However, the student attributed his failures in the courses — management of business establishments, the growth of the Saudi media and an introduction to public relations — to the attitude of his professor who had reportedly targeted him.

“I have passed all exams, except for these three courses,” he said, quoted by local Arabic daily Al Madinah. “When I checked with the head of the media department, he told me that all the exam papers were with the professor. As I could do nothing and had no options, I decided to resort to the National Human Rights Association to help me with this frustratingly unfair and unjust situation,” he said.

A member of the National Human Rights Association branch in Madinah told the daily that they had taken up the complaint and that they would follow up the case “in line with the procedures to preserve the rights of all citizens”.

The human rights watchdog was established in 2004 to “implement international human rights charters signed by Saudi Arabia”.

Saudi Arabia said that the watchdog was to create “a comprehensive economic, educational, and political reform agenda to promote a vibrant economy and broader civic and political participation of Saudi citizens”.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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