Saudi Arabia has recently been in the spotlight for changing some of the country’s strict moral code under the new crown prince’s rule. However, the country (which has one of the largest execution rates in the world) is looking to charge a 29-year-old female activist with the death penalty. The activist’s work centers on exploring rights for the Shiite Muslim minority. Even with the large execution rates, to apply the death penalty in Saudi Arabia for a nonviolent political crime is unusual. This, along with recent arrest of women driving activists, seem to be a reinforcement of the notion that any changes made are simply a “gift of the monarch” but not effected through social change.