Saudi Arabia  

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"The fact that in 2017 Saudi Arabia was elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women despite its conflict with women's rights, earned the United Nations much criticism." --Sholem Stein


In 2014, Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian writer and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals, was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam". --Sholem Stein

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a country on the Arabic Peninsula. It borders Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

In 2014, Saudi Arabian writer Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for 'insulting Islam'.

In June 2018, King Salman issued a decree allowing women to drive, lifting the world's only ban on women drivers.

"Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that effectively bans women from driving; although there is no written law to that effect, in practice women are hindered from obtaining the locally issued licenses required to drive. The religious police, known as the mutawa, impose many restrictions on women in public in Saudi Arabia. The restrictions include forcing women to sit in separate specially designated family sections in restaurants, to wear an abaya and to cover their hair."

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