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Stories about Saudi Arabia

24 February 2018

Saudi Arabia, a United Nations Human Rights Council Member, Continues Rights Crackdown

"The General Assembly is supposed to take into account the contribution of candidate States that seek membership to the HRC in the promotion and protection of human rights."

29 September 2017

Saudi Women Activists Win Driving Victory in Shadow of Guardianship System and Wave of Arrests

Saudi women may soon be able to drive. However, they continue to face discriminatory barriers under the kingdom's male guardianship system.

22 September 2017

Saudi Arabia Eases Restrictions on Messaging Apps, But WhatsApp and Viber Are Still Blocked

Advox

Since 2013, the Saudi government has partially or fully blocked chat and call applications including WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger and FaceTime.

24 June 2017

Meet the Saudi Woman Who Ignited a Firestorm When She Got Behind the Wheel

Challenging prohibitions on driving in Saudi Arabia is no easy task.

21 June 2017

As Deadline to Leave Saudi Arabia Nears, Ethiopian Workers Trapped Between Two Bad Choices

"It is horrifying that most Ethiopians have not shown an interest in returning home despite risk of violence."

16 June 2017

Ditching the Egyptian Islands: Between Cash, Legitimacy, and Public Outrage

Going against popular opinion, Sisi is transferring the ownership of two Egyptian Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, and Egyptians are fighting back.

8 June 2017

Netizen Report: Gulf States Say ‘Pro-Qatar’ Speech Now Constitutes Cybercrime

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

17 April 2017

#SaveDinaAli: Activists Call for Release of Saudi Woman Forcibly Sent Back to the Kingdom

"If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be dead. Please help me, I am recording this video to help me and know that I am real and here."

12 March 2017

Indonesians Gleefully Welcome Saudi King, But Activists Are Wary of Riyadh's Influence

"Saudi learns pluralism from Indonesia. We learn Wahhabism from Saudi. We're even," wrote a Twitter user during the visit.

21 February 2017

Unsurprisingly, Saudi Arabia's Politicians and Media Love Trump's Tough Talk on Iran

Some, however, warned that escalating tensions could end badly: "We live in the same region with Iran, any war on Iran means we all going to be devastated".

8 January 2017

Conflict in Yemen Takes Heavy Toll on Country's Children

"Hunger is the most dominant thought on Yemenis minds during this period."

27 December 2016

Saudi Arabia Promises to Stop Using British-Made Cluster Bombs in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has promised to stop using British-made cluster bombs, which are prohibited by the Convention on Cluster Munitions, in its air strikes in Yemen.

22 December 2016

Assaults on Rights Activists Harm Civil Society — And Saudi Arabia's Progress

Advox

Saudi Arabia's ongoing crackdown on peaceful activism is depriving activists of their freedom and basic rights -- and it's costing the kingdom the work and creativity of its brightest reformists.

28 October 2016

Netizen Report: Protesters Flush SIMs, Set Fire to Modems in Saudi Telecom Boycott

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

24 October 2016

Saudi Mobile Data Quality Provokes National Protest Against Bad Service

Advox

Saudi social media users are protesting against the nation's mobile network operators' bad service and the continued blocking of VoIP apps that are supposed to be available for free.

7 September 2016

Angered by Mobile App Censorship, Saudis Ask: ‘What's the Point of Having Internet?’

Advox

Saudi Arabia, which already blocks WhatsApp, Viber and Skype, has angered users by blocking the messaging and voice calling app LINE.

4 September 2016

Hundreds of Thousands Join Saudi Women-Led Campaign to End Male Guardianship in the Kingdom

Hundreds of thousands of online users have joined a Saudi women-lead campaign to end male guardianship in the kingdom.

25 August 2016

WikiLeaks: From Collateral Murder to Collateral Recklessness

From rape victims to democratic party donors, WikiLeaks' latest data dumps demonstrate a disturbing trend of publishing the personal information of private individuals.

19 July 2016

Iranian Hardliners Want to Stop Blocking Twitter — to Defeat Saudi Propaganda

Advox

Iranian hardliners, typically champions of Internet censorship, are calling on the government to stop blocking Twitter in order to counter Saudi Arabian propaganda against Iran.

10 April 2016

Egyptian President Sisi “Sells” Disputed Sanafir and Tiran Islands to Saudi Arabia

Lawyers have filed complaints against the move, saying Sisi's decision to give up the Red Sea islands of Sanafir and Tarin, without approval from Parliament, is "unconstitutional."

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