G20 leaders must urge Saudi Arabia to release prisoners: Amnesty | All Round View

G20 leaders must urge Saudi Arabia to release prisoners: Amnesty

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All Round View (Peshawar); Member states of the Group of 20 (G20) meeting during this week’s virtual summit hosted by Saudi Arabia. Amnesty International has said Saudi Arabia must call on the kingdom to release its jailed women’s rights activists.

In a statement released on Thursday (Nov 19, 2020). The United Kingdom-based rights group said activists who led campaigns for women’s rights in the Gulf country. They continue to be imprisoned or are facing trial. Despite the fact that women’s empowerment is on Saudi Arabia’s G20 agenda.

The group has called on G20 members to urge the kingdom to release Loujain al-Hathloul, Nassima al-Sada, Samar Badawi, Nouf Abdulaziz, and Maya’s al-Zahrani, who were arrested in 2018, shortly before Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on female drivers.

While some activists arrested since have been released. Others remain in detention amid what campaigners call opaque court trials. Overcharges that include contact with foreign media, diplomats, and human rights groups.

Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa said, “For Saudi authorities the G20 Summit is critical. It is a moment for them to promote their reform agenda to the world, and show their country is open for business,”.

“Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s real reformers are behind bars.

“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.”

Muhammad Yasir

The Assistant Sub Editor at the All Round View
Muhammad Yasir is an engineer doing his Bachelor of Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar. He is engaged with the All Round View and the Midnight Posts as Assistant Sub Editor. He possesses good writing and communication as well as marketing skills.
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