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UPDATE 1-U.N. human rights boss urges Saudi Arabia to allow free speech, assembly

(Adds EU speech in new paragraphs 5-6) GENEVA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in rare public comments on Saudi Arabia, said on Friday that people were unlawfully held in the kingdom and urged it to uphold freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly. Bachelet, addressing the U.N. … Read more

Biden raises human rights in call with Saudi king as intelligence officials to release report on Khashoggi killing

(Independent) President Joe Biden has spoken with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia ahead of the release of a report from US intelligence officials that is expected to reveal that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved and likely ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. A White House report of their … Read more

Secretary of State Blinken says U.S. will seek to rejoin UN Human Rights Council

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday the U.S. will seek election to the United Nations Human Rights Council next year after the country left the body during the Trump administration. Why it matters: The council is a body of 47 countries and is responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the globe. Get … Read more

Biden faces calls to ‘strike a blow’ for Saudi human rights

Joe Biden is expected to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday, as his administration prepares to release a declassified intelligence report that many experts expect will name the royal’s son and heir as complicit in the grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The White House confirmed on Wednesday that Biden’s call to the 85-year-old ruler … Read more

Three years after Trump’s pullout, U.S. seeks return to U.N. human rights body

The Daily Beast Olympian McKayla Maroney Ensnared in Mystery ‘Cult’ the Church of the Master Angels Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via Facebook/GettyWhen serial pedophile and former doctor for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team Larry Nassar was sentenced to a maximum of 175 years in prison, more than 150 women of all … Read more

US to seek seat on UN human rights body, after Trump pullout

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the United States will vie for a seat at the U.N.’s human rights body, which would cement a U.S. return to a Geneva-based body that was shunned by the Trump administration. The top U.S. diplomat said his country will seek a three-year term starting … Read more

Human rights will be ‘central’ to relations with Egypt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday told Egypt that human rights will be “central” to its policy in dealing with the key Arab state and major American partner in the Middle East. The pronouncement came just a week after the administration approved a nearly $200 million missile sale to Egypt despite concerns about … Read more