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“In these sites, women, including at least one minor, were forcibly disappeared, repeatedly interrogated, raped, tortured, denied timely medical treatment and subjected to forced labor.”

Over 1.5 million people have been affected by disaster displacements, with floods and droughts being the principal causes.

Dubai's Princess Latifa urges reopening of sister's kidnap case

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Dubai's Princess Latifa urges reopening of sister's kidnap case

Latifa's sister, Shamsa, was 18 when she escaped from her father's Longcross Estate in the UK in August 2000. She has not been seen in public since.

Germany convicts Syrian in landmark torture trial

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Germany convicts Syrian in landmark torture trial

A German court has found Eyad al-Gharib guilty of aiding crimes against humanity and sentenced him to four and a half years in prison.

Saudi Arabia says 'men only' job ads are illegal

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Saudi Arabia says 'men only' job ads are illegal

The Saudi government has enacted a series of social and economic reforms under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Ruqaya Izzidien

It's not Woman's Hour, it's White Woman's Hour

Comment: Genuine dialogue requires a respectful space, and if you're not white, you won't find it on Barnett's Woman's Hour, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Abeer Ayyoub

Palestinian elections: The view from Gaza

In-depth: Fifteen years after Palestinians last went to the polls, Gazans have seen their living conditions drastically deteriorate. For most, ...

Gaia Caramazza

What Myanmar's military coup means for Rohingya Muslims

In-depth: Concerns are mounting over the fate of Rohingya Muslims following Myanmar's military coup, with refugees uncertain about repatriation ...

The New Arab Staff

Saudi Arabia opens military recruitment to women

The move comes as rights groups continue to urge Riyadh to release all imprisoned women's rights activists.

Rasha Nahas' Desert pays homage to her cultural background

Elias Jahshan

Rasha Nahas' Desert pays homage to her cultural background

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rasha Nahas, to talk more about the release of her highly ...

The New Arab Staff

Prominent Islamist scandalizes Tunisia by dancing with scantily-clad actress

Abdel Fattah Mourou, a co-founder and former deputy leader of the Islamist Ennahdha party, has shocked Tunisian society by dancing with ...

Open letter slams BBC after 'Islamophobic' interview

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Open letter slams BBC after 'Islamophobic' interview

The letter by Jewish Voice for Labour calls on the BBC to issue a statement in which it recommits to engage with Muslim women “in good ...

Egypt toughens legal penalties against FGM perpetrators

Horriya Marzouk

Egypt toughens legal penalties against FGM perpetrators

Earlier this year, Egypt approved amendments to the 2016 law against FGM, toughening prison sentences against those undertaking the illegal ...

Biden effect: Saudi hastens trials, placates rivals

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Biden effect: Saudi hastens trials, placates rivals

Saudi Arabia is attempting to clean up its act as it braces for a policy reset in Washington.

How human traffickers are exploiting Covid-19 in North Africa

Alessandra Bajec

How human traffickers are exploiting Covid-19 in North Africa

In-depth: Human trafficking has been pushed deeper into the shadows by the pandemic, with criminal gangs exploiting the economic fallout from ...

The New Arab Staff

Saudi court sentences woman activist to eight years imprisonment

Saudi human rights defender Israa Al-Ghomgham, 32, was sentenced to eight years in prison for documenting protests in the Al-Qatif region.

Anu Shukla

New Rohingya refugee island is not what it seems

Bhasan Char may be more 'comfortable' than the mainland, but for some it is nothing more than a deceptive facade making survival a life or death ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

After broad crackdown, Saudi moves to free some dissenters

Saudi Arabia has begun provisionally releasing some viewed as dissidents as Riyadh comes under US pressure.

Courtney Freer

Evolving notions of citizenship in UAE and the Gulf

Comment: UAE's plan to expand citizenship reflects a nation keen to shore up its assets while protecting access to this traditionally exclusive ...

Saudi Arabia plans complete overhaul of legal system

The New Arab Staff

Saudi Arabia plans complete overhaul of legal system

Saudi Arabia is moving toward the codifying its legal system.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Jordan make-up artist lightens lockdown with celebrity impressions

Alaa Bliha, 27, rose to fame with videos of herself imitating famous figures from across the Arab world and beyond.

French mother on hunger strike to repatriate detained daughter

The New Arab Staff

French mother on hunger strike to repatriate detained daughter

Pascale Descamps has been on hunger strike since February 1 to get her daughter repatriated from detention camp in Syria with her four children.

Sports in Middle East 'fastest growing in the world'

The New Arab Staff

Sports in Middle East 'fastest growing in the world'

New survey by consulting company listed the trends and possibilities for the sports market in the Middle East.

Mass grave discovery highlights Iraq's impunity gap

Belkis Wille

Mass grave discovery highlights Iraq's impunity gap

Comment: One-sided justice in Iraq will not serve anyone's interests. Impunity for abusive security forces needs to end, writes Human Rights ...

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