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The Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (CDHR) is a (501)(c)3 non-profit educational organization established in 2004 to promote institutionalized democratic and human rights reforms to stabilize Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. strategic ally and a major actor in the turbulent and volatile Gulf Arab region which supplies a large portion of energy sources important to the economies of trading partners and allies of the United States.  Such reforms would: allow greater development of the capacities of all Saudi citizens; endow them with the liberties and rights enjoyed by citizens in Western and other democratic societies; and eliminate the export from Saudi Arabia of intolerant and destructive ideologies which lead to devastating attacks on persons and institutions in other nations of the world.  CDHR believes that achieving true stability in Saudi Arabia through these reforms is vital to U.S. strategic interests in the Middle East -- encompassing national security, economic, and geopolitical components.

CDHR Promotes:

Political Reform: Transformation of Saudi political structure from its current autocratic one-family-rule to a participatory political structure where all citizens’ and expatriates’ civil liberties and full rights are protected under the rule of codified non-sectarian laws, and where citizens have the right to participate in their government and society.

Freedom of the Press and Flow of Uncensored Information: Elimination of all forms of censorship, free expression and the uncensored flow of information into and out of the country.

Religious Freedom: Freedom of worship regardless of beliefs and orientations.

Women’s Rights: Removal of the male guardian system; institutionalizing women’s right to drive, work and travel; full employment; eradication of child and forced marriage systems; forbidding honor killings, genital mutilation, pleasure marriage (mit’ah) and de-legalization of the four wives system and gender segregation.

Minority Rights: Full and equal rights for Muslim and non-Muslim religious minorities.

Economic Reform: Privatization of government industries, public utilities and creation of a share-holder public financial industry with no governmental intervention or monopoly directly or indirectly.

A Non-sectarian Judicial System: An independent court system staffed by highly qualified jurists who interpret and apply publicly approved non-sectarian laws under which the rights and dignity of all citizens and expatriates are equally protected under the rule of codified law.

Transparency and Accountability: Creation of an independent national treasury where all national revenues and disbursements are accounted for and open to public scrutiny.

Reformed Education and Religious Institutions: The management of all educational and religious institutions should be turned over to non-governmental bodies. As required by the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights Dec. 10, 1948, courses about women, human rights and other religions must be part of all educational levels in Saudi Arabia.

Center for Democracy & Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
1629 K Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006 USA

 

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