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Saudi Government Deports Three Sudanese HRDs, Puts them at Risk of Torture

Saudi Government Deports Three Sudanese HRDs, Puts them at Risk of Torture

On 11 July, the Saudi government deported three Sudanese nationals to their home country despite the high risk that Sudanese authorities will gravely mistreat, or even torture, them. The Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) detained the three upon their arrival and is now holding them at their headquarters in Khartoum […]

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabian Vice Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Secretary of State for Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is pictured in Djiddah, Saudi Arabia, 13 October 2014. Photo by: Thomas Imo/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

King Salman Announces Reforms to Guardianship Requirements, but is it Enough?

Saudi Arabia has long been known for limiting women’s rights with its onerous male guardianship system. However, recently King Salman issued an order that allows Saudi women to benefit from services such as education and access to healthcare without requiring prior permission from their male guardian. If his order is […]

Elevation of Mohammed bin Salman may not Affect State of Saudi Human Rights

Elevation of Mohammed bin Salman may not Affect State of Saudi Human Rights

With the elevation of 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman to the position of Crown Prince – the youngest Crown Prince Saudi Arabia has ever had – there has come a sense of optimism about the future of the kingdom’s socio-economic state. There is hope among activists and the general public that […]

Saudi Girls Can Attend Gym Class, but Guardianship Still Lurks

Saudi Girls Can Attend Gym Class, but Guardianship Still Lurks

On Tuesday 11 July, the Saudi Ministry of Education (MoE) announced that schools will provide physical education classes to girls for the first time in the kingdom’s history. This development marks a rare, if slight loosening of the restrictions placed on women in one of the world’s most restrictive societies. […]

UAE Implicated in Torture at Yemeni Black Sites

UAE Implicated in Torture at Yemeni Black Sites

In late June, The Associated Press (AP) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has established a web 18 “black site” prisons in Yemen. Hidden in military bases, air and seaports, and private villas, these secret detention facilities have been host to a variety of […]