Rod Stewart, who began his musical career in the UK in the late 1960s and early 1970s,
is one of the best selling artists of all time. In 1994, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and he is known—through prominent donations to the Red Cross and other organizations—to support humanitarian relief efforts and programs to improve the lives of children. So why did he accept performance in the repressive murderous kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
Sign the petition to Rod Stewart asking him to lend his voice to all those suffering from Saudi war crimes and human rights abuses by canceling his January 2020 performance at the Winter at Tantora festival in Saudi Arabia.
Dear Rod Stewart,
We appeal to you to cancel your concert at the Tantora cultural festival in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.
You support the Red Cross, which provides relief to victims of war and disasters and endeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law. But, if you go ahead with your January 23-25, 2020 performance at the Winter at Tantora festival in Saudi Arabia, you will be turning your back on the Red Cross’s mission and some of the youngest and most hardest-hit victims of war, children in Yemen, who are right now dying of starvation as a result of Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign. Because of the Saudi-led war, Yemen is right now the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet.
Since 2015, when the war began, around 85,000 children under the age of five have died of hunger and more continue to perish every day. According to the UN, that’s one child every around every ten minutes.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has still not been held accountable for the barbaric murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose dead body was chopped up with a bone saw and dissolved in acid to hide the evidence.
Though Saudi women have recently seen a small increase basic rights as they were granted the right to drive in 2018, the very women who campaigned for this right in Saudi Arabia have since been arrested, imprisoned, and tortured through electroshock, beatings, sexual harassment, and waterboarding. On August 1, 2019, Saudi Arabia announced that they would be doing away with part of their oppressive male guardianship system, finally allowing women to travel without permission from a male relative, but Saudi women still have to get the permission of their male guardian to marry or divorce and they still face state-sponsored misogyny and gender-segregation.
In July 2019, hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj canceled her performance at the Jeddah festival in Saudi Arabia after learning about the terrible human rights abuses committed by Saudi Arabia. “While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression,” she said.
We hope for the sake of Yemeni children, Saudi women, minorities, dissidents and journalists — including justice for Jamal Khashoggi —, you will decide to follow Nicki’s Minaj’s lead and cancel your February 21 concert at the Tantora festival in Saudi Arabia.