The Human Rights Foundation is calling upon the alternative hip-hop group, Enrique Iglesias, Jason DeRulo and more to cancel upcoming concerts in the name of human-rights abuses.
Human rights activists are calling on the Black Eyed Peas and other performers to cancel their scheduled appearances at a music festival in Saudi Arabia next month. Saudi Arabian officials have been under intense scrutiny since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the country's differing accounts of his death.
But the Human Rights Foundation has what it says is a long list of violations perpetrated by Saudi Arabia and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MbS. “It is outrageous that these artists — who millions of people admire and idolize — have agreed to do business with the murderous regime of MbS,” said Human Rights Foundation chairman Garry Kasparov, the former chess champion.
The Black Eyed Peas, along with Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, OneRepublic, David Guetta and Amr Diab, are set to perform at the Saudi Ad Diriyah E-Prix, an all-electric Formula E auto racing series and multi-day music festival. "The hypocrisy of these musicians, who have previously called upon their fans to stand up for social justice and human rights, will destroy their credibility and reputation," said Kasparov.