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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  • Ira Gerard
    signed 2019-08-07 14:18:56 -0400
  • Nader Soltani
    signed 2019-08-07 14:18:41 -0400
  • michele modglin
    signed 2019-08-07 14:18:36 -0400
  • Victoria Cadogan Rawlinson
    signed 2019-08-07 14:18:30 -0400
  • Kathy Tussing
    signed 2019-08-07 14:18:25 -0400
  • Harvey Meyers
    signed 2019-08-07 14:18:06 -0400
  • Audrey Smolin
    signed 2019-08-07 14:18:06 -0400
  • Chris Washington
    signed 2019-08-07 14:18:04 -0400
  • Lorraine Hartmann
    signed 2019-08-07 14:18:00 -0400
  • David Laws
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:58 -0400
  • Janice Dlugosz
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:45 -0400
  • David Ledesma
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:44 -0400
  • Kahlil Goodwyn
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:40 -0400
  • Pat Hawthorn
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:40 -0400
  • Devoss Carol
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:29 -0400
  • Donna Romo
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:28 -0400
    Be strong and courageous by not showing up — that Saudi Arabia should not be recognized as civilized when it conducts atrocities, violence and death to women, activists, and innocent people in other countries such as Yemen. Let the world know that this is NOT acceptable to you.
  • Hosein Nahidian
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:28 -0400
    Hosein Nahidian
  • Marilyn Kaggen
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:26 -0400
  • Keven Mundy
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:19 -0400
    Release them and enter the 21st century.
  • khan hasan
    @khanaseeb tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-07 14:17:14 -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=469399
  • Philip Drumm
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:13 -0400
  • Rodney Nippert
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:13 -0400
  • Denise Dreher
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:13 -0400
    Denise Dreher
  • Carl Van Dyke
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  • Julie Barker
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    Julie Barker
  • niknam niknam
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  • Edward Savage
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  • Aleks Kosowicz
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  • Joel Kay
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  • Dale Matlock
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