(Beirut, November 9, 2020) – G20 member countries should press Saudi Arabia to release everyone detained unlawfully and provide accountability for past abuses in advance of the virtual G20 leaders’ summit on November 21, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch is launching the #G20SaudiArabia campaign, [ZLJ1] urging leaders of G20 governments to hold their Saudi hosts accountable for its human rights abuses after writing to them in July and August with the same request.
G20 countries awarded Saudi Arabia the G20 presidency for 2020, despite the Saudi government’s unrelenting assault on fundamental freedoms, including jailing and harassing public dissidents and human rights activists, unlawful attacks on civilians in Yemen, and flouting international calls for accountability for the murder by state agents of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia is hosting the premier forum for international economic cooperation in November 2020.
At the G20, leaders of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies gather to discuss international issues.
Hosting the G20 is a mark of international prestige for the government of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
But it helps the Saudi government deflect from its image as a pervasive human rights violator and escape accountability for…
the government-sponsored murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi…
the jailing of peaceful women activists who demanded basic rights…
and its leading role in a coalition committing war crimes in Yemen.
G20 countries should not let Saudi Arabia off the hook.
G20 leaders should press Saudi Arabia to released detained activists, cooperate with the UN investigators on Yemen, and allow an independent investigation into Khashoggi’s murder.