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Recognition of religion or belief in Saudi Arabia

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are classified censorious.

Recognition of religion or belief in Saudi Arabia


  • Sunni Islam is the state denomination.

  • There is no mechanism for the registering or recognising of non-Islamic groups, organisations, or belief systems; even some Islamic groups, such as Ahmadis, Sufis and Shias, are either restricted or completely prohibited.

  • Non-Sunni Muslims may gain a degree of acknowledgement from the state to practice but this in no way equates to the level of recognition maintained by the state-sponsored form of Sunni Islam called Wahhabism.

  • Significant control is exerted over Muslim clerics due to the state’s imposition of its own interpretation of Islam.

  • Terminal censorship of non-Islamic thought and belief permeates the digital landscape.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Complete dismantlement of the present apparatus of laws persecuting non-Muslims and non-Islamic religious activity.

  • Establish a recognition system that is inclusive of all belief systems and is able to provide both existential recognition and legal registration.

  • Revoke the present hegemony of the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam that no only subjugates non-Wahhabi forms of Islam as well as all non-Islamic belief systems.

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