Citizens’ Rights in Saudi Arabia

Citizens’ Rights in Saudi Arabia

The case of Guantanamo Bay looks like an exception, for it involves the government of one country denying rights to citizens of another country. Let us therefore look at the case of Saudi Arabia and the position of the citizens with regard to their government. Consider these facts:

The country is ruled by a hereditary king and the people have no role in electing or changing their rulers.

The king selects the legislature as well as the executive. He appoints the judges and can change any of their decisions.

Citizens cannot form political par ties or any political organisations. Media cannot report anything that the monarch does not like.

There is no freedom of religion. Every citizen is required to be Muslim. Non-Muslim residents can follow their religion in private, but not in public.

Women are subjected to many public restrictions. The testimony of one man is considered equal to that of two women.

This is true not just of Saudi Arabia. There are many countries in the world where several of these conditions exist.

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