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.


Who's signing

Allen Gunderson
Linda Rea
Barbara Toshalis
L Glasner
thomas pauley
Richard Honeycutt
Mara Taub
Mary-Ellen Maynard
Edh Stanley
Paul Wellin
Rosemary Neidenberg
Katherine Sogolow
Patricia Blair
dianne budd, MD
Irwin Hoenig
Pangia Macri
Lawrence Parrish
Anthony Pennza
Millie Phillips
Zoe Lawlor
Dana Allen
Kristina Paris
A.L. Steiner
gunnar sievert
Jeff Newman
Barbara Wiltz
Sharif Corinaldi
Cleo Dioletis
Nancy St Germain
tanya marquette
2,195 signatures

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  • Allen Gunderson
    signed 2019-08-07 14:31:37 -0400
    Allen Gunderson
  • Linda Rea
    signed 2019-08-07 14:31:37 -0400
  • Barbara Toshalis
    signed 2019-08-07 14:31:33 -0400
  • L Glasner
    signed 2019-08-07 14:31:33 -0400
  • thomas pauley
    signed 2019-08-07 14:31:27 -0400
  • Richard Honeycutt
    signed 2019-08-07 14:31:23 -0400
  • Mara Taub
    signed 2019-08-07 14:30:59 -0400
  • Mary-Ellen Maynard
    signed 2019-08-07 14:30:55 -0400
  • Edh Stanley
    signed 2019-08-07 14:30:37 -0400
    No political prisoners! Set women free!
  • Paul Wellin
    signed 2019-08-07 14:30:14 -0400
    Saudi Arabia must free the women who have been imprisoned for advocating women’s right sin that country.
  • Rosemary Neidenberg
    signed 2019-08-07 14:30:13 -0400
  • Katherine Sogolow
    signed 2019-08-07 14:30:06 -0400
  • Patricia Blair
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:59 -0400
  • dianne budd, MD
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:53 -0400
  • Irwin Hoenig
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:53 -0400
  • Pangia Macri
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:51 -0400
  • Lawrence Parrish
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:36 -0400
  • Anthony Pennza
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:35 -0400
  • Millie Phillips
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:33 -0400
    As a citizen of the country that enables most repression in the world, I usually don’t sign petitions calling on other countries to take action against regimes other than the one I live under. However, protest against Saudi Arabia is well justified and serves as a protest against the US relationship with Saudi Arabia as well.
  • Zoe Lawlor
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:28 -0400
    Zoe Lawlor
  • Dana Allen
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:26 -0400
  • Kristina Paris
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:24 -0400
  • A.L. Steiner
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:17 -0400
    Don’t fraternize with murderers.
  • gunnar sievert
    signed 2019-08-07 14:29:14 -0400
  • Jeff Newman
    signed 2019-08-07 14:28:51 -0400
  • Barbara Wiltz
    signed 2019-08-07 14:28:43 -0400
  • Sharif Corinaldi
    signed 2019-08-07 14:28:42 -0400
    Sharif Corinaldi
  • Cleo Dioletis
    signed 2019-08-07 14:28:41 -0400
    Cleo Dioletis
  • Nancy St Germain
    signed 2019-08-07 14:28:40 -0400
  • tanya marquette
    signed 2019-08-07 14:28:39 -0400
    Am counting on countries to stand up the US and confront despotic nations such as Saudi Arabia. The women imprisoned for trying to win driving rights for women must be freed.

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