Citizens International

December 2017

How the UAE justifies its clampdown on dissenting voices

In a story that did the rounds last week, the United Arab Emirates representative to the UN, Ahmed Awad, stormed out of a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) pre-session in Geneva after refusing to directly address criticisms made by civil society groups concerning the deteriorating human rights situation in the country. Introduced by the United Nations […]

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FULL TEXT: UN Resolution Rejecting Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Status of Jerusalem The General Assembly, Reaffirming its relevant resolutions, including resolution 72/15 of 30 November 2017 on Jerusalem, Reaffirming also the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, including resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967, 252 (1968) of 21 May 1968, 267 (1969) of 3 July 1969, 298 (1971) of 25 September 1971, 338

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Q&A: What’s happening in Libya?

Al-Jazeera 21 December 2017   Libyan general Khalifa Haftar has said the mandate for a UN-backed government in Tripoli has expired, plunging the North African country deeper into political turmoil. Haftar declared the UN-brokered Libyan political agreement and its institutions “void” in a televised speech earlier this week. “The 17th of December has arrived and brought with it the

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Press Statement: Israel Tackles its Existential Threat Posed by 16-Year-Old Palestinian Girl

  Citizens International condemns in its strongest term on the deplorable decision made by the Zionist Regime Israel to detain Miss Ahed Tamimi a 16-year-old Palestinian activist last 19 December 2017. As at 28 December, we were made to know that her detention orders have been extended. Bassem who is Ahed’s father posted on Facebook

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Saudi General Reportedly Tortured To Death After Refusing To Fork Over His Fortune

Now, Middle East Eye reports that one of MBS’s guests has reportedly died under torture rather than fork over his money and assets to his domineering relative. He was reportedly beaten and tortured so bad his family members had difficulty recognizing his body. Major general Ali Alqahtani, who was detained in early November as part

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How the UAE justifies its clampdown on dissenting voices

In a story that did the rounds last week, the United Arab Emirates representative to the UN, Ahmed Awad, stormed out of a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) pre-session in Geneva after refusing to directly address criticisms made by civil society groups concerning the deteriorating human rights situation in the country. Introduced by the United Nations

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Gulf crisis lays bare UAE lobbying

Al-Monitor December 12, 2017   One of Washington’s most powerful Middle East operators is fast becoming one of its most over-exposed. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has developed a sophisticated lobbying and public relations enterprise over the past decade that has helped position the oil-rich country as a key economic and counterterrorism partner for the

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Israel’s ‘realities on the ground’ make a solution to the conflict harder to achieve

On 23 December 2016, the last UN Security Council Resolution on Palestine and Israel was passed. The resolution reaffirmed the illegality of Israeli settlement activities stating that “the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law”.

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Saudi crown prince named as buyer of vast French chateau: Report

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Middle East Eye 17 December 2017   Mohammed bin Salman has been named in reports as the new owner of a $300m French chateau described by Fortune magazine as the world’s most expensive home. The vast property west of Paris would be the latest in a string of extravagant purchases by the Saudi crown prince,

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