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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.”

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

<em>Saudi</em> Arabia opens military recruitment to <em>women</em>

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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.

Iranian skier makes appeal for women's rights

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Iranian skier makes appeal for women's rights

Forough Abbasi has spoken out against the travel banned imposed on her coach and called for greater rights for women in Iran.

<em>Saudi</em> woman sentenced to death over Bangladeshi worker's killing

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Saudi woman sentenced to death over Bangladeshi worker's killing

The woman's husband and son also received jail sentences over the killing of Abiron Begum Ansar.

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Hamas court rules women need male guardian to travel

Critics accuse Hamas of attempting to roll back women's rights.

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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.

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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 ...

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Dozens killed in overnight clashes in northern Yemen

The Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched an offensive to seize the northern city of Marib earlier this month.

Sisters of freed <em>Saudi</em> activist Hathloul demand 'real' justice

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Sisters of freed Saudi activist Hathloul demand 'real' justice

Although recently released, Loujain Al-Hathloul will remain under strict restrictions, including a five-year travel ban and three years of ...

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Half of Yemen under-5s face acute malnutrition: UN

The United Nations has warned that millions of children in Yemen are at risk of acute malnutrition as the country continues to suffer with a ...

<em>Saudi</em> woman activist's family credits Biden for release

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Saudi woman activist's family credits Biden for release

Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul's family said the election of US President Joe Biden helped secure her release.

After broad crackdown, <em>Saudi</em> moves to free some dissenters

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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.

<em>Saudi</em> women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul released from prison

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Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul released from prison

Leading Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been released from prison after nearly three years behind bars, her ...

Evolving notions of citizenship in UAE and the Gulf

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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 ...

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Saudi Arabia plans complete overhaul of legal system

Saudi Arabia is moving toward the codifying its legal system.

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Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul 'to be released from detention'

Saudi women’s rights activist and Nobel-prize nominated campaigner Loujain Al-Hathloul is expected to be released after being detained ...

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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.

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Biden to visit State Department

Joe Biden is to set out his foreign policy agenda at a meeting at the state department.

Acid: The face of violence against Yemen's <em>women</em>

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Acid: The face of violence against Yemen's women

Six years of war, which has left the country on the brink of famine, has "greatly increased" violence against women in Yemen.

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How the odds were stacked against Yemen's revolution

In-depth: A decade since the 2011 uprising, the hopes of Yemenis for freedom and an end to authoritarian rule have been shattered by war and a ...

Italy ex-PM says <em>Saudi</em> Arabia hub of 'new Renaissance'

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Italy ex-PM says Saudi Arabia hub of 'new Renaissance'

The former Italian PM's comparison of Saudi Arabia to Florence has raised some eyebrows.

Two gay men publicly lashed 77 times in Indonesia

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Two gay men publicly lashed 77 times in Indonesia

Two men who were allegedly caught by neighbour having sex, were publicly whipped 77 times each in Aceh province.

Nigeria repatriates nearly 400 stranded nationals from <em>Saudi</em> Arabia

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Nigeria repatriates nearly 400 stranded nationals from Saudi Arabia

The Nigerians were economic migrants stuck in Saudi Arabia after being caught up in the coronavirus restrictions and needed assistance ...

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