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Monthly Updates

August 2022

Saudi Arabia has executed 120 prisoners in the first half of 2022, and human rights groups have shown concern about the rapid escalation of death penalties. The United Nations (UN) has warned Saudi Arabia for the second time in six months that enforcing the death penalty on two Bahraini men who were allegedly tortured and forced to make confessions could constitute arbitrary execution.

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
35 340 680
System of government
Absolute Monarchy
Head of government
Prime Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (since 2015)
Head of government party
Not applicable
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
No direct elections
Women in lower or single chamber Tooltip
19.9%
Women in upper chamber Tooltip
Not applicable
Last legislative election
Appointed
Head of state
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Selection process for head of state
Hereditary or election by hereditary state rulers
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
05/11/2018
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
70.54%
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Human Rights Treaties

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State Party State party
Signatory Signatory
No Action No action
United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
No Action
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
No Action
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
State Party
Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
State Party
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
State Party
Convention on the Rights of the Child
State Party
International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
No Action
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
No Action
International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
State Party
International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
State Party
Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
No Action
Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
No Action
Equal Remuneration Convention
State Party
Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
State Party
Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
State Party
Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
State Party
Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
State Party
Regional Treaties
Arab Charter on Human Rights
State Party
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GSoD Indices

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