The official application of the government of Saudi Arabia – Absher, allows men to control the travel of their wives. The critique of human rights organizations has dropped on Apple and Google, which made the app available in their stores.
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Most of the services available in the government application “Absher” do not raise objections – writes The Insider. Men can pay for parking or renew their car registration. They can also give permission to travel their wives and daughters or forbid them. They also receive notifications when a woman uses their passport under their care.
Amnesty International and Human Righs Watch – human rights groups criticized Apple and Google for making Absher available in their stores and pressing giants to remove the app. Organizations argue that by providing the application * Google and Apple facilitate “sexual apartheid”. *
Humans Right Watch cited the intrinsic values of technological giants, which speak about the prohibition of applications that allow the spreading of gender inequality. Amnesty International has called on companies to introduce or enforce changes to the application so that it can not be used to control Saudi women by men.