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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.”

Despite the challenges, human rights defenders across the Middle East and North Africa are continuing their battle for civil rights in the face of increasing oppression.

Covid-19 sparks drop in east Africa migration to Gulf

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Covid-19 sparks drop in east Africa migration to Gulf

The number of migrants making the risky crossing through Yemen to the oil-rich Gulf states has dropped by three-quarters.

Displaced families face new exodus in <em>Yemen</em>

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Displaced families face new exodus in Yemen

The Houthi assault on the government held city of Marib is forcing Yemeni families to flee and search for safety elsewhere.

UAE-backed forces 'detained, tortured' <em>Yemen</em> journalist after Emmy-nominated report

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UAE-backed forces 'detained, tortured' Yemen journalist after Emmy-nominated report

Yemen journalist Adel Al-Hasani was arrested in September and has reportedly been tortured and mistreated by forces loyal to the UAE.

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Victims sue Saudi for attack at Florida military base

Victims and their families claim that Riyadh knew Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Saudi air officer, had been radicalised but failed to act.

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Massive casualties after Houthis' offensive on Yemen's Marib intensifies

Clashes between Houthi and government forces have led to hundreds of causalities in Marib, where the Houthis are attempting to gain territory.

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US urges Iran restraint amid efforts to restart talks

Iran must refrain from any provocation as Washington steps up efforts to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

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UK arms sales 'prolong Yemen war', says leading charity

Oxfam called on the UK to immediately end all arms 'that risk being used against civilians and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis'.

<em>Yemen</em> prisoner swap talks end with no deal: UN

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Yemen prisoner swap talks end with no deal: UN

Talks on a possible prisoner exchange between Yemen's warring parties concluded Sunday with no deal after a month of wrangling, the UN said.

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Yemen government accuses rebels of using civilians as shields

Yemen's Saudi-backed government accused Houthi rebels Saturday of using civilians as human shields.

Pentagon chief urges immediate reduction in Taliban violence

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Pentagon chief urges immediate reduction in Taliban violence

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said Afghanistan's peace process depends on the Taliban reducing attacks.

Jordanian journalist detained for three years over Facebook-post dies

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Jordanian journalist detained for three years over Facebook-post dies

The 46-year-old had developed illnesses during a jail sentence in the UAE for posting about the country's involvement in the war on Gaza in 2014

Houthis accuse <em>Yemen</em> government of fighting alongside IS

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Houthis accuse Yemen government of fighting alongside IS

It is not the first time the Houthis have claimed they are fighting against IS and Al Qaeda, alongside the Yemeni government.

Ten years on, Syrian children remain without education

Alessandra Bajec

Ten years on, Syrian children remain without education

A decade-long conflict has adversely impacted on an already under-resourced education system under strain, and stolen the lives of a whole ...

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Israel, US begin developing next generation missiles

The Israeli Ministry of Defence and the US Missile Defence Agency have begun work on a new generation of anti-ballistic 'Arrow-4' missiles.

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US reaffirms Saudi 'defence partnership' after Houthi attacks

Washington reaffirmed its "strategic defence partnership" with Riyadh after increased attacks by Yemeni rebels but the move came in a call from ...

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Houthi attack on Yemen government stronghold 'must stop': UN

The UN has called on rebels to halt their assault on the city of Marib, which threatens thousands of civilians.

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Dubai, Riyadh head for corporate showdown

Saudi Arabia and Dubai are competing to attract international businesses and boost national economies.

UAE dismantles Eritrea base

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UAE dismantles Eritrea base

A military base in Assab is being dismantled by the UAE as it winds down its involvement in the deadly war in Yemen.

Eva J. Koulouriotis

A new chapter in Greece's Middle East military strategy

Analysis: Concerns about Turkey's regional assertiveness have pushed Greece to adopt a more proactive foreign policy, with Athens building new ...

Britain to urge cease-fires to allow COVID-19 deliveries

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Britain to urge cease-fires to allow COVID-19 deliveries

The UK foreign secretary will call for a ceasefire in all war zones to allow for the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine.

How does Uighur 'genocide' designation affect US policy?

Allison Quatrini

How does Uighur 'genocide' designation affect US policy?

Comment: Whether to designate human rights atrocities as genocide is a fraught discussion that can hinder rather than precipitate further ...

UN warns battle for Marib threatens millions of Yemenis

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UN warns battle for Marib threatens millions of Yemenis

Mark Lowcock, the UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, said an assault on the government's last northern stronghold would have ...

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