How Saudi leaders are using religion to consolidate power and silence critical voices

Recent articles in Saudi Arabia

In this photo illustration a Saudi Aramco logo is displayed on a smartphone with stock market reports in the background, 8 April 2021, Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Google’s “Cloud region” in Saudi Arabia threatens privacy and free expression

Right groups, digital privacy rights organizations and researchers call on Google to halt its plans to establish a “Cloud region” in Saudi Arabia, pointing to the country’s track record of violating privacy rights to spy on citizens.

During an RSF protest, people hold placards depicting imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi (Up L), assassinated journalist Jamal Khashoggi (Bottom L) and other Saudi activists, outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy to Germany in Berlin, 1 October 2019, TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images

RSF files criminal complaint in Germany against Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and others

The complaint details a litany of crimes against humanity committed against 35 journalists in Saudi Arabia, including that of murdered Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Representatives of Human Rights First, PEN America, POMED, CPJ and others gather in front of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC, 2 October 2019, to remember Jamal Khashoggi, OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images

US must hold Mohammed bin Salman accountable for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, rights groups say

In response to the release of a U.S. congressional report identifying Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as having ordered the operation against journalist Jamal Khashoggi, rights groups call on the Biden administration to impose sanctions on the prince, and suspend arms sales.