Saudi dissidents abroad said that they had handed their country’s embassies over letters containing a copy of what they called a popular 2020 vision for reform in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi dissident, Abdulaziz Al-Moayad, stated in a tweet that he went to the Saudi embassy in the Irish capital, Dublin, to hand over the People’s Vision for Reform document on behalf of many of the signatories.
Abdullah al-Awda, son of the detained Sheikh Salman al-Awda, also published a similar tweet in which he said that he had delivered the vision document to the Saudi embassy in Washington, with confirmation that he did not enter the embassy.
The document, edited by Saudi activists and academics, stipulates the necessity of the immediate release of all human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience and their return to their normal life without conditions, in addition to respecting the right to expression and accepting the other opinion.
The document also stipulates respecting the right to establish or join associations with the purpose of influencing public policies and monitoring government performance, as Saudi Arabia does not allow the establishment of associations, political parties or unions.
The document speaks about the need to protect women’s rights, and identifies some forms of violence against women, including women’s lack of adequate protection against violence in its various forms.
It also talks about the need to protect freedom of belief and combat religious discrimination in all its forms, especially against the Shiite, Sufi community, and others.
The document calls for ensuring justice in the laws and resolving the file of arbitrary detention, and stated that the procedures for arrest, investigation and trial in Saudi Arabia do not contain any guarantees of justice, such as transparency, the right to know the charges, protection from torture, and the appointment of a lawyer.
She called for an end to torture and the abolition of the death penalty, in addition to the necessity to guarantee the rights of foreign workers and workers who are subject to the kafala system.
The document also stressed the need to guarantee the rights of the Bidun, and their right to health care, education, and job opportunities.
The document stipulates guaranteeing the right to political participation for all citizens without exception, as well as ensuring social justice, fair distribution and access to wealth for all citizens.
It also called on Saudi Arabia to put an end to all forms of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in its external interventions, especially in Yemen, while ensuring that the beneficiaries receive the necessary humanitarian aid.