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UN calls on Saudi Arabia to disclose fate of Prince Nawaf Al-Rasheed

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in New York, US on 27 March 2018 [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]

The United Nations has requested information from Riyadh about the fate of Saudi Prince Nawaf Talal Al-Rasheed who disappeared after being deported from Kuwait at the request of Saudi Arabia.

In a press conference held yesterday at the UN office in Geneva, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell expressed concerns about the "arbitrary detention" made without any clarifications in Saudi Arabia.

She pointed out that the latest example of this is the disappearance of Prince Nawaf Talal Al-Rasheed, who holds dual Saudi-Qatari citizenship, as no information has been provided about him since he was deported from Kuwait on 12 May.

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"We call upon the Saudi authorities to immediately announce the whereabouts of Al-Rasheed, whether he is detained or not, and the charges against him, if any," Throssell said.

The spokeswoman also expressed concern about the arrest of 13 activists in Saudi Arabia since 15 May, most of whom were women, and called on officials to disclose where they are being held and to ensure their right to a fair trial.

She demanded that these activists be guaranteed the right to legal representation, the right to know the reason for their detention, and the nature of the charges against them, the right to communicate with their families as well as the right to appear before a special, independent and impartial court.

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