Christian Science Monitor runs an Associated Press report alleging that daughters of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia are claiming to be held captive in palaces in Jeddah. The claim, submitted by email sent to the UN and The Times of London. The UN says it’s looking into it, but it’s not a high priority.
Saudi princesses: Did Saudi king lock daughters away?
John Heilprin, Associated Press
The United Nations has received pleas to help free several Saudi Arabian princesses allegedly being held against their will in a royal compound, officials confirmed Wednesday.
Allegations submitted to the U.N. human rights office claim that several daughters of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia have been held for the past 13 years in the royal compound in Jeddah.
In a rare disclosure about allegations received by not yet investigated, the U.N.’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed receipt of the emailed complaints but said it could be several months at least before anything is officially published about the case.
The office did not say whether it considered the complaints substantial enough to warrant a follow-up investigation. Xabier Celaya of the U.N.’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights told The Associated Press that U.N. officials are “not in a position to confirm if any action has been taken on this case.”