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>> Behind Saudi Arabia's news making reforms, the conservative kingdom is still silencing government critics. That's according to the United Nations. On Tuesday it called on Riyadh to release activists detained for what the UN says was peaceful human rights work.>> What we can observe, it appears that there are genuine reforms that are taking place in Saudi Arabia.
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But this has not extended to the civil and political rights sphere.>>
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Saudi women can now drive and have more control over what they can wear and where they can go. But over the past three months, at least 15 government critics have been detained. Most were women who had campaigned for the right to drive and for the abolition of the kingdom's male guardianship system.
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It requires women to get male consent for major decisions, including work and travel. The UN says that in some cases, the activists' whereabouts are unknown, and their cases have shown a, quote, serious lack of transparency.