Saudi Arabia

29 million people
17,820 USD GNI (PPP)
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The Specialized Criminal Court of Saudi Arabia has sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, along with 4 other activists, to death and has treated them all poorly. We ask Secretary Kerry to take action.

Mark P. Lagon

The following should make friends and allies of Saudi Arabia, including the United States, question their embrace of such a brutally repressive government.

Eight U.S. and internationally-based NGOs, in partnership with seven foreign policy experts and human rights advocates, sent a letter to President Obama that urges him to press Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for greater civil society protections within the kingdom.

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Ahead of President Obama’s meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Freedom House joined other human rights organizations in calling on the President to highlight human rights in discuss


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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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