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In this Tuesday, March 31, 2015 file photo, people gather near the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near the airport in Sanaa, Yemen.

Saudi Arabia to Inspect Own War Crimes Record in Yemen

On 30 September 2015, the Netherlands withdrew its resolution calling for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate possible abuses and conflict-related crimes in Yemen. The withdrawal comes amid significant pressure from Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies to prevent an independent inquiry into the human rights situation […]

One Month On: Where is Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith?

One Month On: Where is Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith?

Today marks one month since the arrest and disappearance of prominent Emirati academic Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith. On 18 August 2015, UAE security forces detained Dr. bin Ghaith allegedly in relation to his tweets about Egypt. Nothing has been heard from him since his arrest, and his current whereabouts remain […]

Gabriela Knaul, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers during the 23th Session of the Human Rights Council. 29 May 2013. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré

Flawed Justice: Assessing the Qatari Judiciary

In January 2014, Gabriela Knaul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, visited Qatar upon the invitation of the government. During her visit, she met with senior officials at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Interior, as well as the Chief Justice of the Court […]