Skip the G20 meeting in Saudi Arabia

Despite its war crimes and gross violations of human rights, Saudi Arabia continues to operate on the world stage as though it was a normal nation. Next year, in 2020, that will include hosting the G20 forum.

The G20 is composed of 19 countries and the European Union. Together, they represent two-thirds of the world’s population and 80% of world trade. Started in 2008, the G20 meets annually to discuss economic issues and ways to increase cooperation. Each year the location of the forum rotates. Next year it is supposed to be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

World leaders from the UK, Canada, Sweden, the UN, and democratic countries should not be treating Saudi Arabia as a normal county. They should skip the G20 meeting in 2020 in order to pressure Saudi Arabia to finally:

  • Withdraw from the brutal war in Yemen
  • Be held accountable for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi
  • Release the Saudi women’s rights activists imprisoned and undergoing trial
  • Completely do away with its male guardianship system and gender segregation
  • End the persecutions — including executions — of journalists, dissidents, Shia minority, LGBTQ+ individuals, atheists, and more.

Add your name below to the letter calling on all G20 countries and other participating countries and international organizations to refuse complicity in Saudi Arabia’s war crimes and human rights abuses. TELL THEM TO SKIP THE 2020 G20 IN SAUDI ARABIA, or at the very least send a low-level delegation!


Dear G20 countries and other G20 participating countries and international organizations,

As citizens concerned with human rights, we call on you to refuse to attend the 2020 G20 forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia--or at the very least, send low-level delegations.

According to numerous experts, including the CIA, Saudi de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), was personally responsible for the grotesque murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, has called for the 2020 G20 forum to be moved from Riyadh is response to Khashoggi’s murder.

Saudi Arabia is carrying out a war on Yemen so brutal — bombing school children, hospitals, marketplaces, weddings and funerals — that Yemen is now suffering the worst humanitarian crisis on earth. Since 2015 some 85,000 children under the age of five have died from acute malnutrition as a result of the war.

Saudi Arabia is the most misogynist, gender-segregated nation on earth. Even though Saudi Arabia has just granted more rights to women, Saudi women must still obtain permission from a guardian in order to marry or divorce. Women are separated from men in schools, restaurants and public buildings.

After granting women the right to drive in 2018, Saudi Arabia arrested a number of the very women who led the campaign for the right to drive. These brave women are now languishing in prison, subjected to horrific beatings, electroshock and sexual harassment.

Saudi Arabia chops off people’s heads in public executions for offenses ranging from atheism to homosexuality to sorcery. Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world, and the execution rate has nearly doubled under MBS’s rule. Saudi Arabia uses long prison terms and physical punishment against everyone from bloggers to lawyers who dare question the regime’s absolute power.

For all of these reasons, we ask you to boycott the 2020 G20 forum in Saudi Arabia.

Sincerely,

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Michael Tamarack
Michael Garitty
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monroe allison
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John Hansen
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  • Michael Tamarack
    signed 2019-09-14 17:32:47 -0400
  • Michael Garitty
    @bappo10 tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-11 00:23:16 -0400
    I just signed CODEPINK’s letter calling for countries to skip the G20 in Saudi Arabia. Although Saudi recently granted women more rights, it remains the most gender-segregated, repressive county on earth continuing its brutal war in Yemen. #BoycottSaudi https://www.codepink.org/g20?recruiter_id=645442
  • Michael Garitty
    signed 2019-09-11 00:23:08 -0400
  • Joseph Juarez
    signed 2019-09-09 22:02:45 -0400
  • Stephanie Bershad
    signed 2019-09-08 15:08:41 -0400
    The G20 SHOULD BE MOVED!
  • Francis Collins
    signed 2019-09-06 20:09:04 -0400
    What a slap in the face of human rights this is wrong
  • Anna Ungaro
    signed 2019-09-06 16:35:48 -0400
    This insanity has to stop. World leaders should not go the G20 , if they go they are complicit
  • Cynthia Basinet
    signed 2019-09-06 16:28:01 -0400
  • Miriam Feehily
    signed 2019-09-04 18:10:33 -0400
  • Margaret Christman
    signed 2019-09-03 23:58:43 -0400
  • Sandy Rhein
    signed 2019-09-02 23:31:41 -0400
  • anna coccia
    signed 2019-08-28 20:08:26 -0400
  • monroe allison
    signed 2019-08-28 15:39:09 -0400
  • David Taylor
    signed 2019-08-26 20:35:45 -0400
  • Kathleen Olson
    signed 2019-08-26 16:35:56 -0400
    Holding the G20 in Saudi Arabia tells all women we are of no importance whatsoever. Stand up for all women instead, change the location for 2020 G20. Ty for reading this.
  • Wendy Hermance
    signed 2019-08-25 19:33:19 -0400
    The US is becoming just like Saudi Arabia! Here in America the leaders rape and pimp children, plan policies to sicken, starve and mass-kill children, control women’s bodies and wealth, and torture and kill whistleblowers and journalists. Psychopaths must be contained, not copied.
  • monica leavitt
    signed 2019-08-25 18:53:37 -0400
    Saudi Arabia is neither a democracy nor our ally.
  • Anum Murtaza
    signed 2019-08-25 12:06:49 -0400
  • John Hansen
    signed 2019-08-25 10:31:04 -0400
  • Laurel Sturt
    signed 2019-08-24 18:19:07 -0400
  • Laurel Hats
    signed 2019-08-23 07:47:57 -0400
  • Martin O'Donnell
    signed 2019-08-23 02:47:29 -0400
  • Lawrence Zweig
    signed 2019-08-22 16:23:22 -0400
    Heck… just skip ALL OF THEM!!!!
  • Justin Fulghum
    signed 2019-08-22 14:50:37 -0400
  • Anne Bloomenthal
    signed 2019-08-22 13:40:51 -0400
  • Janice Ward
    signed 2019-08-22 12:30:28 -0400
  • Nancy Burge
    signed 2019-08-22 12:06:54 -0400
  • Edlin Melissa Hernandez
    signed 2019-08-22 12:02:51 -0400
  • Karen Wainberg
    signed 2019-08-22 08:56:26 -0400
  • janet uffer
    signed 2019-08-21 21:57:52 -0400
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