Human Rights Group Implore Nicki Minaj Not to Perform in Saudi Arabia

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Human Rights Group Implore Nicki Minaj Not to Perform in Saudi Arabia

Rapper Nicki Minaj is asked to pull out from performing in Saudi Arabia by human rights activists in a five-page open letter due to the country’s radical conservatism, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.

“I am writing to urgently inform you of the human rights crisis in Saudi Arabia; to explain the role that the regime of MBS has played in violating the rights of tens of millions of Saudis; and to request that, in light of your status as a global personality, you cancel your appearance as a symbol of solidarity with the ongoing suffering of the Saudi people. Since coming to power in 2017, MBS has spearheaded a crackdown on human rights, especially those of the women who live in his Kingdom,” HRF president and founder Thor Halvorssen wrote.

“You recently celebrated Pride Week to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Yet, if you move forward with this performance, you will be condoning, and serving the public relations needs, of a government that executes homosexuals for the ‘crime’ of being who they are. Just three months ago five gay men were beheaded after they confessed to crimes under torture. If you move forward with this performance for a festival sponsored by the Crown Prince, you will be in league with the people who respond to freedom of expression and thought with murder,” Halvorrsen added.

Minaj is set to perform in Jeddah World Fest on July 18 alongside DJ Steve Aoki and former One Direction star Liam Payne.