Event: Activists from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen speak out against UK complicity in human rights abuses and war crimes

Monday 19 November, 7pm
Room SWLT, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) at SOAS University

While the horrific death of Jamal Kashoggi has brought the UK-Saudi relationship under increased scrutiny, the death and destruction of the lives of millions in Yemen, and ongoing human rights abuses for those living and working in Saudi Arabia and those affected by Saudi Arabia’s international policies have received far less attention. Israa Al-Ghomgham may be the first female human rights activist to be executed in Saudi Arabia. Ahead of her trial, which has been adjourned to the 21st Nov, this event aims to unpack what the UK-Saudi relationship means for different affected communities.

With a focus on the effect of Saudi policies on Yemenis and Bahrainis, as well as on women, migrants, political dissidents and human rights defenders, this event aims to cover the Saudi government’s role in oppression and repression domestically and beyond its borders. Our speakers will shed light on how the UK government and UK businesses are complicit in human rights abuses and war crimes, through diplomatic, military and corporate partnerships with the Saudi regime.

We will also ask what we can do as students, trade unionists, organisers and members of the public to build solidarity campaigns which help bring these injustices to an end.

Speakers:

Radhya Al-Mutawakel (@RAlmutawakel)

Radhya Al-Mutawakel is a human rights defender and the Yemeni co-founder and chairperson of Mwatana Organisation For Human Rights, an independent organisation working to defend and protect human rights in Yemen.

Ameen Nemer (@nimramen)

Ameen Nemer is an Arabian activist who has written and worked on repression and resistance within Saudi Arabia. You can read his latest article here: https://menasolidaritynetwork.com/2018/09/30/kingdom-of-fear

More speakers *TBC*

*Join us at 7pm on 19th November in Room SWLT, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) at SOAS University.*

_This event is open to all and free, but please book a ticket to reserve a place (https://www.facebook.com/events/186026382332743 ) If you can no longer attend please email us (universities@caat.org.uk) so we can give your seat to someone else._

*This event is being hosted and supported by Demilitarise King’s, KCL Intersectional Feminist Society, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), CAAT Universities Network, MENA Solidarity, SOAS UNISON*

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