Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR) along with the detainee’s families -Abdullah Al-Odah, Lina Al-Hathoul, Areej Alsadhan – launched a full page advertisement campaign in today’s ( Friday) editions of a number of high-profile international newspapers; Washington Post (USA), The Guardian (UK), LA Times (US), Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany) and The Star (Canada) to highlight the massive human rights violations of the Saudi regime and to call for boycotting the G20 summit due to be held in Saudi Arabia on Saturday and Sunday21 -22 November. While Saudi Arabia hosts the summit, it continues to detain scholars and activists -men and women-and deprive them of their basic human rights in blatant hypocrisy.
This summit is a sham and used by the Saudi regime to whitewash its bad human rights record and its atrocities in Yemen.
The summit is being attended by the leaders of the G20 nations around the world including the United States, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Italy, nations that pride themselves on upholding human rights. This is hypocrisy of the highest order and is not compatible with the laws and ethos. We call on the Saudi regime to free the political prisoners and to respect their basic rights and legal due process. The Saudi leaders insist on abusing their citizens’ rights as they feel they have full immunity and protection from international reaction as long as they are involved in deals worth hundreds of billions of Dollars.
The lack of accountability proves that the attending leaders are more concerned with their short-sighted arms deals rather than human rights. This summit gives the green light to the brutal Saudi regime to continue in its daily business of supressing opponents who dislike its agenda. We join other human rights organisations and activity around the world in raising our voices to demand respect for basic human rights in Saudi Arabia and the region. We won’t stop until the Saudi regime commit to and uphold international laws and human rights within their border and beyond.