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

Geneva, Switzerland

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.”


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    Lola Said:
    March:20:2014 - 10:26 

    http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/news-item/saudi-arabia-must-back-concessions-on-human-rights-with-action

    March 19, 2014
    Saudi Arabia must back concessions on human rights with action

    Saudi Arabia’s decision to accept numerous recommendations to improve its human rights record during its United Nations Human Rights Council review session in Geneva today is unlikely to put an end to grave violations and discrimination or lead to justice and redress for victims, said Amnesty International.

    Although Saudi Arabia fully accepted a majority of the recommendations made to it during the review of its human rights record, it rejected crucial recommendations to ratify core international treaties including those that would safeguard the rights of women and grant victims access to justice.

    There are also no plans on the horizon to allow United Nations Working Groups and Special Rapporteurs or independent human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, access to document human rights violations.

    Out of 225 recommendations, Saudi Arabia fully accepted 145, partially accepted 36, gave no answer to six, and rejected 38. Treaties rejected by Saudi Arabia at the Human Rights Council include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Saudi Arabia also declined to withdraw reservations from others such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

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