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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Mona Seredin
Niclas Nolberger
Kelly Slattery
Karen Jacques
Bob Witmer
Bob Jordan
Angela Miller
Herbert Rothschild
Carol Sandiford
Matt Peters
Scott Tandy
Scott Gengras
Edwin Acosta
Arnold Matlin
Marc Janssens
James Parmenter
Samuel Neff
Theodore Wuerslin
Jim Rice
Ellen Ellis
manijeh Saba
Jerome Roth
Danny Watson
Jo Stone
Rick Luttmann
Iris Edinger
Clayton Jones
Asami Haraguchi
Cathie Bell
Jean Leahy
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  • Mona Seredin
    signed 2019-08-11 19:12:15 -0400
  • Niclas Nolberger
    signed 2019-08-11 18:46:11 -0400
  • Kelly Slattery
    signed 2019-08-11 18:39:23 -0400
  • Karen Jacques
    signed 2019-08-11 17:28:17 -0400
    Attending a meeting in Saudi Arabia is a way of legitimizing its government – a government whose war in Yemen is killing massive numbers of civilians, including children. Do not be complicit. Do not have blood on your hands
  • Bob Witmer
    signed 2019-08-11 16:36:02 -0400
    Urge Saudi Arabia to free those female activists immediately.
  • Bob Jordan
    signed 2019-08-11 15:25:59 -0400
  • Angela Miller
    signed 2019-08-11 15:17:44 -0400
    This is sending a terrible signal to the world to hold the G20 summit in Saudi.
  • Herbert Rothschild
    signed 2019-08-11 14:58:18 -0400
  • Carol Sandiford
    signed 2019-08-11 13:46:00 -0400
    Carol Sandiford
  • Matt Peters
    signed 2019-08-11 12:58:09 -0400
    Matt Peters
  • Scott Tandy
    signed 2019-08-11 12:57:24 -0400
  • Scott Gengras
    signed 2019-08-11 12:02:27 -0400
  • Edwin Acosta
    signed 2019-08-11 11:37:34 -0400
    We must stop endorsing terrorists
  • Arnold Matlin
    signed 2019-08-11 10:47:57 -0400
  • Marc Janssens
    signed 2019-08-11 05:09:06 -0400
    Marc Janssens
  • James Parmenter
    signed 2019-08-11 04:52:23 -0400
  • Samuel Neff
    signed 2019-08-11 00:46:50 -0400
  • Theodore Wuerslin
    signed 2019-08-11 00:03:45 -0400
    THEODORE L WUERSLIN
  • Jim Rice
    signed 2019-08-10 23:07:32 -0400
  • Ellen Ellis
    signed 2019-08-10 23:03:22 -0400
  • manijeh Saba
    signed 2019-08-10 22:34:09 -0400
    Stop the hypocrisy. It is not all about money!
  • Jerome Roth
    signed 2019-08-10 21:56:40 -0400
  • Danny Watson
    signed 2019-08-10 21:55:31 -0400
    DANNY WATSON
  • Jo Stone
    signed 2019-08-10 20:39:59 -0400
    Dear Jacinda – please continue to show the incredible empathy you displayed following the Christchurch mosque massacres and refuse to attend the G20 until all Saudi campaigners for human rights are freed from jail. Thank you
  • Rick Luttmann
    signed 2019-08-10 19:25:49 -0400
    Rick Luttmann
  • Iris Edinger
    signed 2019-08-10 19:12:26 -0400
  • Clayton Jones
    signed 2019-08-10 18:56:21 -0400
  • Asami Haraguchi
    signed 2019-08-10 17:47:35 -0400
  • Cathie Bell
    signed 2019-08-10 17:05:31 -0400
    Disgusting country!
  • Jean Leahy
    signed 2019-08-10 16:41:11 -0400
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