Saudi Arabia

29 million people
17,820 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

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President Barack Obama should make clear the United States’ objections to Saudi Arabia's severe restrictions on women’s rights, freedom of expression, religion and association.

Issues: 
Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Religious Freedom, United Nations
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

Twenty eight key experts, including Freedom House's Charles Dunne, call on President Barack Obama to discuss reform in Bahrain during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa, Americas

تنظر مؤسسة بيت الحرية بقلق كبير ازاء تصديق المملكة العربية السعودية فى الثانى من فبراير على قانون مكافحة  الارهاب الذى يجرم بعض الافعال و بعض اشكال حرية التعبير . فطبقاً للقانون, اى شخص ارتكب فعل يهدف الى " تقويض " او " زعزعة استقرار الدولة " ، يمكن أن توجه له تهمة الإرهاب. وتشمل هذه الأعمال  الدعوة إلى تغيير النظام، وتهديد الوحدة الوطنية، و الإساءة إلى سمعة البلاد.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Rule of Law, Women's Rights
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

Freedom House is deeply concerned by Saudi Arabia’s ratification February 2 of an anti-terrorism law that criminalizes certain actions and forms of speech. Anyone committing an act deemed to “undermine” or “destabilize” the state or society could be charged with terrorism. Such acts include calling for regime change, threatening national unity, and “offending the nation’s reputation.”

Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Rule of Law, Women's Rights
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

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Worst of the Worst 2011: The World's Most Repressive Societies

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World. The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

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