Saudi Arabia’s rights crackdown linked to war on terror

January 20, 2015 8:10 PM

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman’s public beheading. Two females are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter in support of women driving.

These cases have thrust Saudi Arabia’s record on human rights back into the spotlight, with international concern mounting over the limits of free speech in the Arab monarchy.

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