Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Saudi Arabia, its image in need of polishing in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, has opened itself up to foreign scrutiny of its notoriously poor human rights record. Members of Congress now make regularly scheduled stops in the kingdom; in February 2008, the Saudis welcomed a second two-week fact-finding mission of the UN special rapporteur on violence against women. The scrutiny tends to be tightly managed: A visit to the government’s Human Rights Commission or the National Society for Human Rights, an NGO, is de rigueur.

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Clarisa Bencomo, Christoph Wilcke "Separating Image from Substance in Saudi Arabia," Middle East Report 248 (Fall 2008).