G20 leaders urged to act over Saudi detentions as summit approaches

say his name: Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi

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Human rights group says governments must threaten to boycott Riyadh conference

Only five of the 68 Saudis arrested in a purge on dissent launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman three years ago have been released, posing a challenge to western leaders before the G20 summit due to be held in Riyadh in November.

The human rights group Grant Liberty said that just two months before Saudi Arabia chairs the G20 leaders, 63 of those arrested were still in prison, 15 held in the notorious Al Ha’ir facility, and just three had been released permanently, with a further two on temporary release.

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