Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia faced international criticism following the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018. Nevertheless, authorities continued to arbitrarily detain peaceful activists and dissidents without trial for long periods, including ten prominent women’s rights activists detained after May 2018. Dozens of human rights defenders are serving long prison sentences for criticizing authorities or advocating political and rights reforms. Authorities systematically discriminate against women and religious minorities. In 2018, Saudi Arabia carried out 148 executions, 59 for non-violent drug crimes. A Saudi-led coalition continued an airstrike campaign against Houthi forces in Yemen that included apparently unlawful strikes that killed civilians. 

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Car Makers Should Stand With Saudi Activists

Car Makers Should Stand With Saudi Activists

When the Saudi government agreed to let women drive, major car companies publicly and rightly hailed that development. It was a step towards equality for women in the Kingdom and created a lucrative new market for the industry. Now, the courageous women that fought for their right to drive are being arrested, jailed, and harassed. It is a cruel irony that the women who fought for equality are in jail while the companies stand to make millions from the market those women have helped create. They should tell the government to stop going after these activists.