Throughout Oct – Nov 2020, Saudi Arabia is hosting the G20 (including Women 20, Civil Society 20, Urban 20 and Business 20).
We are now calling on all government officials to use their power and call for the immediate and unconditional release of all Saudi Activists. Since May 2018 the Free Saudi Activists Coalition has been advocating for the release of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) who were arrested in Saudi Arabia.
Over 240,00people have signed our Change.org petition calling on the United Nations to demand the immediate and unconditional release of all activists being detained solely for their human rights work. The arrests involved approximately a dozen women human rights defenders (WHRDs), including Loujain Al-Hathloul, who remains in prison along with other activists. Reports suggest that these WHRDs have been subjected to multiple torture and human rights violations perpetrated by the Saudi authority, including electric shocks, flogging, and sexual assault, and have been deliberately denied due process. Now more than ever, during theCOVID-19 pandemic, those who are arbitrarily detained and at increased risk, must be released- including Saudi activists.
The Free Saudi Activists Coalition (Equality Now, Women’s March Global, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Americans for Democracy & Human Rights Bahrain (ADHRB),Gulf Centre for Human Rights GCHR and CIVICUS) ask you to join us in this campaign and call on government officials to advocate for the immediate and unconditional release of Saudi activists.