Issue Update: The Saudi Guardianship System

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This report describes Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system and explains how it restricts religious freedom in the country. It briefly reviews the history of guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia and the key concepts in Islam that the Saudi government references in its singular interpretation of the religion. The report details the severe effects of guardianship laws on Saudi women, including limitations on their ability to marry, travel, attend university, and obtain medical care. The report recommends that the U.S. administration press the Saudi government to dismantle the religious guardianship system and free activists who have been jailed for peacefully protesting that system.