Strasbourg, 27th May 2024 – The Strasbourg Policy Centre held an insightful and comprehensive conference titled “A CONFERENCE ON:// HAS SAUDI ARABIA MADE REAL DEMOCRATIC REFORMS?” The event featured prominent speakers including Federica Carbone, a distinguished lawyer, Carlo Conticini, a renowned notary, and Francesco Cappuccio, an esteemed lawyer. The conference aimed to critically analyze the progress and challenges of Saudi Arabia’s journey towards democratic governance.

Detailed Analysis and Key Points of Discussion:

The conference brought to light the multifaceted aspects of Saudi Arabia’s legal and political system that impede its transition to a true democracy. The panelists provided an in-depth examination of several crucial areas:

1- Absolute Monarchy:

Federica Carbone Lawyer

2. Lack of Political Freedoms:

Carlo Conticini Notary

3. Sharia Law as the Basis of Law:

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4. Lack of Judicial Independence:

5. Restrictions on Women’s Rights:

Limited Democratic Reforms and Their Impact:

The panelists recognized that while the Saudi government has initiated some reforms, these efforts remain limited and have not resulted in substantial changes to the overall political landscape:

Municipal Elections and Women’s Enfranchisement:

Vision 2030 Initiative:

Citizen Participation at the Local Level:

Modest Legal and Political Reforms:

Conclusion:

The conference concluded that Saudi Arabia’s attempts at democratic reforms have been lackluster and largely superficial. The absolute power of the monarchy, lack of political freedoms, dominance of Sharia law, lack of judicial independence, and severe restrictions on women’s rights continue to obstruct the country’s transition to a true democracy. While some progress has been made, the overarching political structure and legal system remain deeply undemocratic.

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