In a statement, quoted by Variety, she said, “After careful analysis, I decided not to go any further with the scheduled concert at the Jeddah World Fest. I want nothing more than to show my fans in Saudi Arabia. After learning more about the issues, I think it is important for me to clarify support for women’s rights, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression. ”
The Human Rights Foundation has demanded that a week ago Minaj and other artists should give up concerts in the country.
Although in Saudi Arabia some laws have been amended, so that women have the right to lead and participate in sporting events, gender separation is still practiced and mandatory in most parts of the kingdom.
Jeddah World Fest is due to take place in the King Abdullah Sports Stadium and, according to the law, alcohol and drugs are forbidden. Among those who will be on the stage of the festival are DJ Steve Aoki and former member of the One Direction group Liam Payne.
Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, and Black Eyed Peas are among the artists who sang in Saudi Arabia in the past year.