Numerous Yemeni scholars, academics, and medical professionals have, since July 2021, been terminated without just cause from their jobs in southern Saudi Arabia. This termination leaves them with the impossible choice of either returning to their war-torn home country or attempting to relocate, yet again, to another country.
October 1, 2021
Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Office of His Majesty the King
Riyadh, Royal Court: 11-488-2222
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The Committee of Concerned Scientists is an independent organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and scholars devoted to the protection and advancement of human rights and scientific freedom for colleagues all over the world.
This communication is in regard to the numerous Yemeni scholars, academics, and medical professionals who have, since July 2021, been terminated without just cause from their jobs in southern Saudi Arabia. This termination leaves them with the impossible choice of either returning to their war-torn home country or to attempt to relocate yet again to another country.
Many of the scholars affected have been in the country decades and/or have been recently granted renewed contracts. They are loyal residents. These scholars have been productive and have benefited Saudi Arabian universities and medical institutions with their knowledge.
We write to urge you to ensure that the Yemeni scholars are treated fairly. We believe that they should be allowed to remain in Saudi Arabia and be reinstated in their positions, or comparable positions, immediately and unconditionally.
Thank you for your attention to this serious matter. We will be closely following developments in this case.
Antony J. Blinken
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520 USA
Phone: (202) 647-4000
Waleed bin Mohammad Al-Samaani
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: +966 11 4055399 + 966 11 4020311
Reema bin Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 1 (202) 537-3100
Fax: 1 (202 )295-3625