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UN: Claim of captive Saudi princesses received



GENEVA (AP) - 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."

She said Wednesday that the claims were brought to the attention of the U.N. special investigator on violence against women, who along with investigators on other issues receives complaints from around the world and must determine which ones merit a closer look. There was no immediate reaction from the Saudi U.N. mission in Geneva.

The case stems from an email sent to the United Nations and The Sunday Times of London, which published a story saying two daughters of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia - Princesses Sahar, 42, and Jawaher, 38 - had appealed for help claiming they and their sisters have been held for 13 years in the royal compound.

The newspaper said that their mother, Alanoud Alfayez, who lives in London and is divorced from the king, also contacted the United Nations seeking help with the case.

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vtmilitia March 12 2014 at 5:50 PM

I'll wager the horses owned by the king have more freedom.

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a.sollei March 12 2014 at 7:09 PM

this is terrible...but what can we do. Nothing is really going to be done to help these women. They may even be murdered by their own family members...if this is true...and has come to light. Women have little value in muslim households. We may dummy-down and hope it all goes away...because I only just learned of this at AOL...and I watch about 10-12 hours of news a day....and have not heard one minute of news dedicated to this...and I watch the news on multiple stations...local, and international....and I have heard NOTHING...until now

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Emily a.sollei March 12 2014 at 7:27 PM

About this particular case I have heard nothing. About the treatment of muslim women well that has been all over everywhere in times past.

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fslunk March 12 2014 at 11:57 PM

Interesting how the great advocate of democracy, the USA, remains in bed with scoundrel like this.
It's called lying for petroleum and the petroleum giants have been perfecting this for decades.

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aschark885 fslunk March 13 2014 at 12:48 AM

Both Kings, Abdulla and Obama, are trying to discourage negative publicity about them and their Administrations. Obama's plan is titled, “The Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” and includes interviewing station managers, news directors, journalists, anchors and on-air reporters about their “news philosophy” (http://www.wwl.com/Scoot-Is-Obama-hoping-to-control-the-media-/13069478?pid=383766). If the outlook of the media's topic doesn't please the interviewers, they are threatened to be shut down by the FCC. Obama already has most of the media in his rear pocket, but to shut down news sources like Fox, he has to make his "interviews" throughout the entire media. I hope that Obama's media will stand strong against Obama's "Freedom of the Press," like they did a few years ago in Boston. While in Boston, he tried to stop one of the two Boston newspapers from attending his stumping and/or fund raising tours (what else does he do, besides playing golf?). The rest of the media stood by the banned newspaper, and it was allowed entrance. I also think that the public would frown on his "control" agenda.

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jmtpoodle fslunk March 13 2014 at 2:33 AM

Bullsh*t. It's called Sharia law and it's been going on for centuries. Nothing to do with oil. Backward perverts rule the land and the U.N. is a totally useless organization that should have been disbanded years ago.

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CHARLIE GENE March 13 2014 at 5:04 AM

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gb0493bh March 12 2014 at 11:39 PM

AOL/Huf Post doesn't have NEWS,,, they just dribble mediocre drivil over the boob tube.

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zack is the man gb0493bh March 13 2014 at 12:42 AM

CORRECT 100%

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lili gb0493bh March 13 2014 at 12:44 AM

Huffpost used to be good. But thats all changed now. They really are horrible

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dhrector March 12 2014 at 9:35 PM

Why is anyone surprised ? They are in Saudi Arabia and everyone knows that the Saudis' are in the forefront of human rights especially the rights of women.........Right...

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tudzco March 12 2014 at 9:04 PM

I hve been hearing about women held for a lifetime as prisoners by the Saudi Kings...even some
American women who thought the money was worth it then wanted out...Ho hum...What else is
new?...The Saudis have the oil and the money.....and anyone they want....

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agesnow March 12 2014 at 6:26 PM

Start by opening our own Oil Reserves and become ZERO OIL-DEPENDENT on THEM and THEIR kind. The rest will itself follow in due time.

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Queen Darling March 12 2014 at 6:37 PM

No one should be shocked by this information. It is called Sharia Law. Women and girls have no rights, as they are considered property.

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Nancy Bacon March 12 2014 at 8:55 PM

I am very disappointed. When we lived in Saudi, I followed the news of the royal family. Abdullah was Prince Abdullah then. He was so good looking and from what I read, sounded like a very good man. Apparently, he is not a very understanding father.

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