Boycotting Saudi Arabia’s G20:
Freedom Forward and a global coalition of organizations organized a successful boycott of Saudi Arabia as host of the 2020 G20 summit of world leaders. Our goal is to end Western support for this brutal dictatorship and to push the Saudi monarchy to end its human rights crimes.
Read about our successful campaigns in the Quincy Institute journal Responsible Statecraft, or check out the details below:
- US Congress: 45 Members of Congress, led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, have called on outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to demand human rights reforms and drop out of the Saudi G20.
- Press conference (Facebook video) with Rep. Schakowsky, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Freedom Forward’s Sunjeev Bery and Bethany Alhaidari, Areej Sadhan, sister of imprisoned Saudi humanitarian aid worker Abdulrahman Al-Sadhan, and Alia Al-Hathloul, sister of imprisoned Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul.
- Read Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s statement, Freedom Forward’s Sunjeev Bery in Ms. Magazine, and Fox News coverage.
- European Parliament: 413 Members of the European Parliament have passed a resolution calling on European Union leaders to downgrade the EU representation at the G-20 summit.
- UK Parliament: 20+ UK Members of Parliament are now calling on the UK government to “reconsider” its participation in the Saudi G20.
- Read more from the UK Parliament.
- Global Mayors: The Mayors of London, Paris, New York City, and Los Angeles have all boycotted the Saudi G20 “Urban 20” summit of mayors.
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s boycott: Read our letter, as well as news coverage in the Daily News (New York), Associated Press, and Middle East Eye.
- London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s boycott: Read our letter, as well as news coverage in The Guardian (9/20/20 and 9/30/2020), AFP, and Middle East Eye (9/29/2020 and 9/30/2020).
- Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s boycott: Read our letter, as well as news coverage in Le Parisien and Les Nouvelles News.
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s boycott: Read our letter, as well as Mayor Garcetti’s email announcement to constituents.
Canceling Saudi propaganda in NYC:
Freedom Forward successfully terminated the United Nations’ and New York Public Library’s co-sponsorship of a Saudi propaganda event in New York during the September UN General Assembly. The campaign was covered in The Guardian, PRI’s The World, Al Jazeera, Gothamist, Middle East Eye, and Inter Press Service. Many organizations and activists helped make this campaign successful.
Challenging the Saudi / UNESCO partnership:
Freedom Forward built global pressure to challenge UNESCO’s partnership with the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince’s MiSK foundation. The campaign was covered in international media, including Radio France Internationale, Le Monde (France), Le Figaro(France), The Telegraph (UK), ABC (Spain), Le Soir (Belgium), and The New Arab.
Ending Bloomberg’s Saudi Sponsorship:
In 2019, Mike Bloomberg’s annual Global Business Forum in New York City was sponsored by the Saudi dictator’s MiSK foundation. Freedom Forward online activists took over the event’s Twitter hashtag (#BloombergGBF) and drove a steady drumbeat of criticism. One month later, Bloomberg announced that their reporters would no longer participate as panel moderators in Saudi Arabia’s “Davos in the Desert.”
Challenging “Women 20” Silence on Saudi Human Rights Violations:
Freedom Forward, CIP, and nearly 30 organizations are urging W20 “Women 20” delegates to end their silence on Saudi Arabia’s violations of women’s rights and its war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia will host the G20 summit in November 2020, and W20 delegates advise the G20 summit on gender equality policies. One W20 delegate, Lyric Thompson of the International Center for Research on Women, has already dropped out of this year’s W20 convening in Saudi Arabia as a result.
Over 214,000 people are now participating in Freedom Forward’s online campaigns. 34,000 people have called on USAID to restore humanitarian aid to Yemen’s civilians. 16,000 people have called on Israel to stop blocking Palestinian access to health care in the face of Coronavirus. Over 167,000 people have demanded that the Trump Administration and Congress restore funding to the World Health Organization.