Loujain and other activists were imprisoned in 2018 after defying the Saudi government’s ban on women driving.
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News about the struggle for democracy in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is not a functioning democracy. According to Freedom House, "political parties are forbidden, and organized political opposition exists only outside the country". Also see our articles on the Middle East and religion - a touchy subject for the Saudi royals.
Tunisia is the only Arab Spring country to enjoy democracy. However, it faces threats from political Islam fielded by regional neighbors like Saudi Arabia, UAE.
GCHR reiterates calls for Saudi Arabia to immediately free all human rights defenders who have been jailed for their advocacy for women’s rights.
Before journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, Saudi officials inside the building discussed dismembering a body.
A Saudi teenager who had been facing a possible death penalty for taking part in Shiite-led protests as a child will not be executed.
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi, says that she could not believe that no one has yet faced serious consequences for the crime.
Today marks the first anniversary of the arrests of several prominent women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, a year of human rights in the Kingdom.
The recent mass execution of dozens of Saudi citizens has drawn wide criticism from rights groups and governments around the world.
An independent U.S. watchdog named 16 nations “countries of particular concern” for engaging in “systematic, egregious violations” of religious freedom.
Saudi Arabia’s beheading of 37 Saudi citizens Tuesday included young man who had been accepted for admission to Western Michigan University seven years ago.