Saudi Arabia

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

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More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. 

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Americas

In response to Saudi Arabia deciding to postpone until next week a secound round of 50 lashes for blogger Raif Badawi, Freedom House issued the following statement.

Issues: 
Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

In response to Saudi Arabia sentencing the blogger Raif Badawi to 10 years imprisonment and 1,000 lashes for allegedly insulting Islam, and authorities publicly flogging him today, Freedom House issued the following statement. 

Issues: 
Freedom of Expression, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

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

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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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