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Obama Should Highlight Human Rights Concerns During Saudi Visit

Washington

In advance of  President Obama’s meeting March 28 with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah,  Freedom House released the following statement about the opportunity to highlight the kingdom’s persistent human rights abuses:

“The President should make clear the United States’ objections to the kingdom’s severe restrictions on women’s rights, freedom of expression, religion and association,” said Charles Dunne, director of Middle East programs at Freedom House. “He should also insist that Saudi Arabia ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which it promised to ‘consider’ at the UN Human Rights Council earlier this month. We also hope the president raises the issue of Saudi Arabia’s support for the brutal government crackdown in Bahrain, which denies Bahrain’s Shi’a majority population their basic civic and political rights, as well as Saudi support for the military backed regime in Egypt, whose intensifying repression is destroying hopes for a democratic transition.”

Saudi Arabia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2013, and Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Saudi Arabia, please visit:
Freedom in the World 2013: Saudi Arabia
Freedom of the Press 2013: Saudi Arabia
Freedom on the Net 2013: Saudi Arabia

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