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PEN America’s G20 Counter-Summit: Reckoning With ‘Opportunities for All’ in Saudi Arabia
On November 20, 2020, PEN America—along with partners from across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East—will convene the “G20 Counter-Summit: Reckoning With ‘Opportunities for All’ in Saudi Arabia.” Organized in collaboration with ALQST, Amnesty International USA, Freedom Forward, Freedom Initiative, the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), and Open Society Foundations, this event will shine a light on the Saudi regime’s egregious human rights record, push back against the Kingdom’s attempts to obfuscate its rights violations, and honor and uplift the voices of those the regime has attempted to silence, in true pursuit of the theme of this year’s official summit: “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All.”

The “G20 Counter-Summit” will highlight those writers, journalists, and dissidents who remain unjustly imprisoned in Saudi Arabia despite the regime’s rhetoric of reform. In addition, the event will explore how the international community can continue to hold the Saudi regime accountable for its actions. The event will have live Arabic translation.

Featured speakers will include human rights experts, political leaders, activists, and relatives of those killed, imprisoned, or tortured by the Saudi government.

Saudi Arabia is playing host to this year’s G20 summit and has waged a vast campaign to gloss over its serious human rights violations and unjust imprisonment of writers, activists, and other dissidents. PEN America found that Saudi Arabia was among the worst jailers of writers and public intellectuals in 2019 in its Freedom to Write Index. Since coming to power, Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Mohammad Bin Salman, has presided over a brutal crackdown on all forms of dissent, with attacks on women and religious minorities, and a renewed wave of arrests targeting activists, writers, journalists, and intellectuals.

Nov 20, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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