Silent Complicity: the Saudi G20 as Normalisation of Violence

18 Nov, 2020 | Press Releases

Virtual UK Parliament briefing, 18 November 2020, at 15:00 GMT

On 18 November 2020, at 15:00 GMT, a virtual UK Parliament briefing entitled “Silent Complicity: the Saudi G20 as Normalisation of Violence” will be convened and chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. The event, which is co-hosted by No Peace Without Justice and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, aims at highlighting that the next G20 summit to be held under Saudi presidency should not serve to legitimize the impunity of the serious violations of human rights and the continuous illegal and arbitrary detentions carried out in a systematic manner by the authorities of the country. Silent complicity in front of Saudi government’s unrelenting assault on fundamental freedoms is not an option. Leaders of G20 member countries should voice their concerns for Saudi Arabia’s serious abuses and help prevent the attempts by its current regime to use the undeserved mark of international prestige conferred by the G20 presidency to whitewash its true face: a model of widespread and ferocious repression to silence – even by the most brutal means – independent or dissident voices.

The speakers will include:

  • Hatice CENGIZ, researcher and human rights campaigner, widow of slain Washington Post editorialist Jamal Khashoggi
  • Agnes CALLAMARD, UN Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial Executions, who undertook a thorough investigation as an independent UN expert on the murder
  • Rodney DIXON QC, human rights lawyer, representing Hatice Cengiz in seeking redress for the murder in multiple jurisdictions
  • Bryan FOGEL, Academy Award winning documentarist and director of “The Dissident”, an investigative documentary on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

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