Yemen orders probe into alleged torture by UAE

Yemen’s government has opened an investigation into alleged torture and forced disappearances by the United Arab Emirates and its allied Yemeni forces in the country’s south. Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr on Saturday ordered a six-member committee, chaired by Justice Minister Mohamed Omar, to focus its probe on areas recaptured from Houthi fighters and …

Leaked emails: UAE wants Qatar to be ‘accountable’ for supporting BDS

Qatar’s support for the global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel was a major cause of concern amongst senior UAE diplomats in Washington during the months leading up to the imposition of the Saudi-led siege on Doha. The UAE plays a leading role in the siege on its Gulf neighbour. The UAE’s ambassador …

UAE sexually torture Yemeni prisoners

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) tortured Yemeni prisoners across 18 prisons in Yemen, The Associated Press (AP) revealed on June 21. Hundreds of Yemeni prisoners were subject to sexual abuse in southern Yemen, where the UAE focuses its foreign policy in Yemen. Fifteen UAE officers ordered Yemeni prisoners to undress and lie down for anal cavity checks, claiming …

Disabled teenager thrown off Emirates flight despite doctor’s confirmation that he was OK to fly

A disabled teenager and his family were removed from an Emirates flight on Aug. 1 because he suffers from epilepsy, despite having already obtained medical clearance to fly. Eli, the son of Euronews journalist Isabelle Kumar, was set to travel with his family from Dubai to France in the final leg of a long-haul journey from …

Experts: UAE, Saudis May Have Committed War Crimes in Yemen

Three experts working for the U.N.’s top human rights body say the governments of Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia may have been responsible for war crimes including rape, torture, disappearances and “deprivation of the right to life” during 3½ years of escalated fighting against rebels in Yemen. In their first report for …

Yemen: Dozens of children killed in school bus attack

The Saudi-UAE military alliance at war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels has been blamed for an attack on a school bus that killed dozens of people, including children attending Holy Quran classes. Ghani Nayeb, the head of a health department in the northern province of Saada where the air strikes took place, told the Reuters news agency the …

Dozens killed in Saudi air raids on Hodeidah

At least 55 people, including women and children, have been killed in Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Hodeidah in air raids carried out by a Saudi and UAE alliance battling Houthi rebels, the rebel-run health ministry said. In a statement late on Thursday the ministry said the attacks, which targeted the city’s Public al-Thawra Hospital and a busy fishing port, wounded at least 124 …

Matthew Hedges left suicidal as he overheard horrific torture metres away from grim UAE cell

Matthew Hedges, who was accused of being a spy during a research trip in the UAE, has said he had suicidal thoughts after hearing cellmates going through physical torture. The 31-year-old travelled to the UAE to research for his PhD, covering issues such as defence, security, international affairs and military policy in the Middle East. …

Yemen coalition likely committed war crimes: Experts

A UN-mandated probe said Wednesday it had “reasonable grounds” to believe that groups involved in Yemen’s bloody six-year conflict have committed human rights atrocities including war crimes. All parties continue to show no regard for international law or the lives, dignity, and rights of people in Yemen, according to the third report of the Group …

Dozens of journalists’ phones hacked in widespread campaign by Saudi Arabia and UAE, Toronto internet lab says

Rania Dridi is used to presenting the news. As one of the hosts of the London-based Arabic-language Alaraby news channel, she became known for her willingness to tackle some of the toughest issues that bedevil the Middle East, such as the fight for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and the decade-old war in Yemen. Ms. …

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