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Saudi Arabia inappropriate G20 host: Amnesty International

Max Civili

Press TV, Rome

As the G20 summit is about to kick off in Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International is calling on the attendees of the meeting to take the Kingdom to task for its appalling human rights record.

The Crown had planned to promote its contentious reform agenda to the world, and show Saudi Arabia is open for business. However Riyadh summit will be solely held in the form of a virtual meeting due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Amnesty International is urging G20 leaders to join the call for the immediate release of a number of jailed women’s rights activists arrested in 2018. Since assuming the G20 Presidency in December last year, Riyadh has publicized new initiatives on women’s employment opportunities claiming that the Kingdom is strongly committed to empowering women and girls.

On the occasion of the G20 Summit the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Italy has organized a webinar on female's inclusion in society. Human rights' groups have slammed these initiatives as mere attempts to reshape the Kingdom's image through expensive PR campaigns presenting Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as a reformer.

Saudi Arabia is the first Arab nation to host the G20 summit. The meeting of the leaders of the world's most industrialized countries and emerging economies will be held on 21-22 November.

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