Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy restricts almost all political rights and civil liberties. No officials at the national level are elected. The regime relies on extensive surveillance, the criminalization of dissent, appeals to sectarianism and ethnicity, and public spending supported by oil revenues to maintain power. Women and religious minorities face extensive discrimination in law and in practice. Working conditions for the large expatriate labor force are often exploitative.
Freedom in the World — Saudi Arabia Country Report
Saudi Arabia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2020, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Freedom on the Net— Saudi Arabia Country Report
Saudi Arabia is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
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