This November, Saudi Arabia is hosting the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Riyadh. The Summit will bring together some of the wealthiest and most powerful countries in the world, including Canada, to address global issues, and it is an important moment for Saudi Arabia to strike business deals and grow its diplomatic power.
Hosting the G20 Summit is part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to improve its image. But the glamour of hosting a major global summit masks what is really going on in Saudi Arabia—a brutal government campaign of repression, intolerance, and human rights violations.
Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman (MBS), human rights defenders, women’s rights activists, writers, artists, religious clerics, protestors and bloggers have been persecuted, silenced, detained, tortured and handed lengthy prison sentences for demanding reforms and advocating for peaceful change. Several were sentenced to death and executed based on so-called “confessions” extracted under torture.