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G20 in Saudi Arabia – My interview on Saudi human rights defenders for the heute-journal

A G20 meeting in Saudi Arabia, the country where activists are being silenced on a regular basis?

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likes to present himself as an advocate for progress and modernization. But the regime has a history of cracking down on human rights defenders.

On example is the case of Loujain al-Hathloul: The women’s rights activist has been in custody since 2018 – and has been on hunger strike since October of this year. Since then there has been no sign of life from her.

The participants of the G20 summit must support progressive forces in the country and activists such as Loujain al-Hathloul or Raif Badawi. They should demand their release and work to ensure that arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is involved in the Yemen War where it violates international humanitarian law, are finally stopped.

I talked about it in the German news broadcast heute-journal.

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