Saudi Arabia

Top UN rights official urges transparent probe into Khashoggi disappearance

The top United Nations human rights official has called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to “reveal everything they know” about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Continuing incarceration of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, ‘reprehensible’: UN experts

UN human rights experts are urging Saudi Arabia to “immediately and unconditionally” release all women human rights defenders, including six imprisoned on charges relating to their peaceful defence of human rights.

News in Brief 11 October 2018

  • Challenges and needs of girls highlighted on International Day
  • UN Chief urges South East Asia to lead global warming fight
  • Saudi Arabia must halt air strikes in Yemen, says UN panel
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Saudi Arabia must halt air strikes in Yemen, says UN panel

The conflict in Yemen has been highlighted by a UN human rights committee which on Thursday urged Saudi Arabia to “put an end to the air strikes” against its southern neighbour, amid reports that they have resulted in the deaths of at least 1,248 children since March 2015.

UN calls on Saudi Arabia to release jailed human rights defenders, including women activists

Concerned over the continuing arrests and “apparently arbitrary detentions” of human rights defenders – including campaigners who lobbied for an end to the ban on women driving – the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) on Tuesday called on Saudi Arabia to “unconditionally” release all those being held.

As Saudi women take the wheel, UN chief hopes end of driving ban creates more opportunities for kingdom’s women and girls

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the lifting on Sunday of the driving ban for women in Saudi Arabia and expressed his hope that ending the prohibition will generate more new opportunities for women in the Kingdom.

News in Brief 29 May 2018

  • Mediation for Afghanistan’s violent offenders ‘fails women’
  • Mali’s children ‘bear heaviest brunt’ of conflict, says UNICEF
  • Saudi arrests of civil rights defenders ‘perplexing’: UN rights office
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UN receives nearly $1 billion from Saudi Arabia and UAE for humanitarian response to Yemen crisis

Ahead of the upcoming international fundraising conference for Yemen, the United Nations has received nearly $1 billion contributions from Saudi Araba and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and urged other donors to follow suit and help tackle the world’s worst humanitarian crisis there.

News in Brief 27 November 2017 (PM)

Saudi-led coalition eases restrictions on humanitarian aid for Yemen

A blockade imposed on all goods entering Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition that is battling Houthi rebels for control of the country, was partially lifted over the weekend, the UN reported on Monday.

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News in Brief 14 November 2017 (AM) - Geneva

Libya’s detention of migrants “is an outrage to humanity”: Zeid

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