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,

Who's signing

Keven Mundy
Philip Drumm
Rodney Nippert
Denise Dreher
Carl Van Dyke
Julie Barker
Hossein Niknam
Edward Savage
Aleks Kosowicz
Joel Kay
Dale Matlock
Francoise Fielding
Connie Tate
Marie Kennedy
Daniella Liebling
khan hasan
Dana Visalli
Arleen Kalenich-Pace
Richard Guier
Bob Tripp
Peter Micocci
Michael Russell
Ryan Davis
Ongd Africando
Steve Wineman
P Carey
Anna Leather
michael gertz
Mohamed Jagani
2,207 signatures

Will you sign?

Comments

  • 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
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:11 -0400
  • Julie Barker
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:11 -0400
    Julie Barker
  • Hossein Niknam
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:07 -0400
  • Edward Savage
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:05 -0400
  • Aleks Kosowicz
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:04 -0400
  • Joel Kay
    signed 2019-08-07 14:17:04 -0400
  • Dale Matlock
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:52 -0400
  • Francoise Fielding
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:52 -0400
  • Connie Tate
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:52 -0400
    Connie Tate
  • Marie Kennedy
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:49 -0400
    Marie Kennedy
  • Daniella Liebling
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:48 -0400
    Daniella Liebling
  • khan hasan
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:46 -0400
    khan hasan
  • Dana Visalli
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:44 -0400
    Saudi Arabia is almost as bad as the United States.
  • Arleen Kalenich-Pace
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:42 -0400
  • Richard Guier
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:41 -0400
  • Bob Tripp
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:40 -0400
    Bob Tripp
  • Peter Micocci
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:40 -0400
    Suadi authorities might very well have hacked activist into pieces and “lost” the remains somewhere… like maybe Mar-a-lago or somewhere equally as accommodating to murderous autocrats.
  • Michael Russell
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:32 -0400
  • Ryan Davis
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:31 -0400
  • Ongd Africando
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:30 -0400
    Ongd AFRICANDO
  • Steve Wineman
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:24 -0400
    Steve Wineman
  • P Carey
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:23 -0400
  • Anna Leather
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:22 -0400
  • michael gertz
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:16 -0400
  • Mohamed Jagani
    signed 2019-08-07 14:16:15 -0400
    Let us send this brutal regime a loud and clear message that their oppressive ways are not tolerated anymore.
//
2,207

people already signed