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Government-granted “Rights of Age” Saudi Arabia is one of the four countries in the world that has not granted women the right to vote, along with Bhutan, Brunei, and Lebanon (which has an education restriction for women, but not for men). In Saudi Arabia, drinking alcohol, no matter what age, is forbidden.
Recognizing its constitution as the Koran, Saudi Arabia utilizes the text as a religious justification in outlawing the substance.
” asked Abdullah Hejazi, my boyish-looking guide in Old Jidda.
Under a glowing Arab moon on a hot winter night, Abdullah was showing off the jewels of his city—charming green, blue, and brown houses built on the Red Sea more than a hundred years ago.
Saudi Arabia is a country severely lacking freedom of expression.
As articulated by Freedom House, “Authorities do not permit criticism of Islam or the ruling family by domestic media, and a national security law prohibits criticism of the government.” Reporters Without Borders, a non-profit organization reporting on freedom of the press and of expression throughout the world, labeled Saudi Arabia one of the 15 “Enemies of the Internet.” Saudi Arabia is reported to have blocked over 400,000 websites, including those with any relation to politics, homosexuality, education, western entertainment (music, movies…), religion excluding Islam, and pornography.
However, gay life in Saudi Arabia is flourishing, facilitated by the large amount of contact between men, the view by the religious police that what goes on in the private sphere is outside their jurisdiction, and the general sentiment that to be gay is not a lifestyle rather than a practice some men engage in.
Women of all ages and unmarried children require the consent or the accompaniment of a close male relative or spouse to leave the country.