People in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Editorial credit:  memomemory / Shutterstock.com

Saudi Arabia

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.

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Freedom in the World — Saudi Arabia Country Report

Saudi Arabia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

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.