What about hu­man rights?

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

With its dra­co­nian form of sharia law, Saudi Ara­bia’s au­to­cratic gov­ern­ment is con­sis­tently rated among “the worst of the worst” hu­man rights of­fend­ers. Its gen­der apartheid sys­tem treats women as sec­ond-class cit­i­zens—shrouded in abayas, de­pen­dent on male guardians, and mostly barred from go­ing out alone and from any form of pub­lic life. There’s no free­dom of re­li­gion, and the press is cen­sored. Bru­tal, pub­lic flog­gings and ston­ings are the penalty for such crimes as adul­tery and apos­tasy. Those ar­rested are rou­tinely tor­tured to ex­tract con­fes­sions. Last year, Saudi Ara­bia put to death 146 peo­ple for crimes in­clud­ing mur­der and drug deal­ing; most of the ex­e­cu­tions were be­head­ings.

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