Amnesty Urges G20 Leaders to Call for Release of Saudi Arabia’s Women Activists

In the upcoming G20 virtual summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia, Amnesty has urged G20 leaders to call for the release of Saudi Arabian women activists from jail.

In the upcoming G20 virtual summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia, Amnesty has urged G20 leaders to call for the release of Saudi Arabian women activists from jail. 

Amnesty called for the G20 leaders to take a stand against Saudi’s ‘shameless hypocrisy’ on women’s rights.

The rights group has urged summit members to join the call for the release of Loujain al-Hathloul, Nassima al-Sada, Samar Badawi, Nouf Abdulaziz and Maya’a al-Zahrani, who in 2018 were arrested for their work on human rights. 

According to the group, these women are still in detention and some of them have been tortured, ill-treated, and held in solitary confinement. 

Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa said  that this summit is crucial for Saudi Arabia as this is where the authorities will promote their reform agenda, which includes women’s empowerment. This, despite women activists being jailed or  facing trial.

Maalouf said, “Instead of playing along with the Saudi government’s whitewashed narrative, G20 leaders should use this summit as an opportunity to stand up for the brave activists whose genuine commitment to women’s empowerment has cost them their freedom.”

“The activists who continue to fight for human rights in Saudi Arabia are the true voices for reform, and they should be listened to, not locked up,” Maalouf added.

 


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