Saudi Arabia’s Crackdown on Dissent Now Extends Beyond Its Borders

Saudi Arabia’s Crackdown on Dissent Now Extends Beyond Its Borders
Saudi women’s rights activist Souad al-Shammary looks at her Twitter account on her mobile phone in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 7, 2016 (AP photo).

Saudi Arabia has ramped up its crackdown on dissent, as recent cases make clear that the country is willing to surveil its citizens abroad and severely punish them for exercising their right to free expression within the jurisdiction of democratic countries, a worrying trend that appears to only be getting worse.

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