Human rights watchdog Amnesty International released their annual report for 2013. As expected, the section on Saudi Arabia is very grim. The summary reads:
The authorities severely restricted freedoms of expression, association and assembly and clamped down on dissent. Government critics and political activists were detained without trial or sentenced after grossly unfair trials. Women were discriminated against in law and practice and inadequately protected against domestic and other violence. Migrant workers were exploited and abused. Sentences of flogging were imposed and carried out. Hundreds of people were on death row at the end of the year; at least 79 people were executed.
The report also notes that “Amnesty International continued to be effectively barred from visiting Saudi Arabia to conduct human rights research.”