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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  • Roberta Ridgley
    signed 2019-08-14 15:02:22 -0400
  • Holly Anderson
    signed 2019-08-14 12:26:05 -0400
  • Trish Haugh
    signed 2019-08-14 07:20:28 -0400
  • joni clemens
    signed 2019-08-13 23:35:12 -0400
  • Jennifer Butcher
    signed 2019-08-13 22:17:44 -0400
  • Jeanne Davis
    signed 2019-08-13 20:22:27 -0400
    Islam does not require the misogyny practiced bySaudi Arabia.
  • Rick Magill
    signed 2019-08-13 17:16:43 -0400
    It is time to cease all interaction with the abusive Saudi dictatorship. End purchases. No global platform.
  • Gladwyn d'Souza
    @godsouza tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-13 16:57:54 -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=611954
  • Gladwyn d'Souza
    signed 2019-08-13 16:57:38 -0400
    Criminal linkage between business as usual and human rights violations
  • Ralph Jones
    signed 2019-08-13 14:12:32 -0400
  • Jenny Beretsky
    signed 2019-08-13 12:18:30 -0400
  • joshua paterno
    signed 2019-08-13 11:03:58 -0400
  • Murugan Elu
    signed 2019-08-13 10:43:51 -0400
    Leaders of G20 nations seem to have no shame for legitimizing the obvious human rights violators. Whats next, a democracy convention in Saudi Arabia???
  • Kevin Howley
    signed 2019-08-13 10:23:33 -0400
  • Robert Riddle
    signed 2019-08-13 10:08:46 -0400
  • Lori Kershner
    signed 2019-08-13 09:59:57 -0400
  • Amy Steele
    signed 2019-08-13 08:28:48 -0400
  • roger drew
    signed 2019-08-13 08:16:21 -0400
  • Vanessa Jamison
    signed 2019-08-12 22:11:08 -0400
  • sofia okolowicz okolowicz
    signed 2019-08-12 20:28:22 -0400
  • Constantina Hanse
    signed 2019-08-12 17:40:03 -0400
  • annalisa maffei
    signed 2019-08-12 17:15:58 -0400
  • Emory Mort
    signed 2019-08-12 15:07:21 -0400
    If the Onion produced this announcement, I would laugh at its absurdity.

    A country leading a war next door that is starving hundreds of thousands to death, so they can run a pipeline through East Yemen to support their idiotic – literally insane – national economic plans.. this country is HOSTING the G20?
  • Meredith Thompson
    signed 2019-08-12 14:57:27 -0400
  • Jack Poulson
    signed 2019-08-12 14:24:24 -0400
  • Stephen Rosenblum
    signed 2019-08-12 14:18:39 -0400
  • ava azad
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    signed 2019-08-12 13:55:53 -0400
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  • Patricia S Mann Mann
    signed 2019-08-12 13:19:00 -0400
  • Ronny Graham
    signed via 2019-08-12 12:57:22 -0400
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