Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on an official visit to Paris in  April, 2018. (Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s failure to secure membership of the UN human rights council is a rebuke to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a social reformer who is a(...)

 Samar Badawi receiving the 2012 International Women of Courage award from first lady Michelle Obama and  secretary of state Hillary Clinton. File photograph:  Gary Cameron/Reuters

Saudi Arabian authorities have detained two prominent women activists, Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Saadeh, and have been holding them incommunicado si(...)

A video released by Loujain al-Hathloul shows her driving towards the United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia  border in 2014. She was among those detained in the current crackdown. Photograph: Loujain al-Hathloul/AP

Saudi Arabia is escalating its crackdown on activists who had pressed for the right of women to drive, bringing the number arrested to at least 11 and(...)

Human Rights Watch has criticised the   crackdown on dissent by authorities since  Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seized power in July last year. Photograph: Reuters

Human Rights Watch has accused Egypt’s government of trying to silence all criticism, after two of its top staff were held at Cairo airport for 12 hou(...)