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 reforms through restructuring of all Saudi state institutions to accommodate growing and irrepressible public awareness of their rights and to meet global demands as necessitated by globalization of goods, languages, values and information. Due to its centrality to Islam and as a major exporter of petroleum, as well as the state’s austere religious doctrine, Saudi Arabia plays major roles in Muslims’ and non-Muslims’ lives worldwide; consequently, its policies and practices are of major concern to its people and to the international community.
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
1050 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA
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