Saudi Arabia was condemned by dozens of nations before the United Nations Human Rights Council

Team SoOLEGAL 23 Sep 2020 3:11pm

Saudi Arabia was condemned by dozens of nations before the United Nations Human Rights Council

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was condemned by dozens of nations for significant human rights violations and called for accountability for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist.

In October 2018, the Saudi journalist, who wrote opinion pieces for The Washington Post, was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to handle marriage paperwork.Within minutes, according to Turkish and US officials, the one-time royal insider turned critic was strangled and his body dismembered.

Denmark 's ambassador, Carsten Staur, read a statement on behalf of 29 states seeking justice for Khashoggi, in a relatively rare rebuke of the oil-rich kingdom before the UN 's top rights body. Although the statement commended the measures of the kingdom to improve human rights by “most recently restricting the use of flogging and curbing the use of [the] death penalty against minors for most crimes,”and it also showed concern on “civil society, human rights defenders, journalists, and political opposition still face persecution, detention, and intimidation.”

The statement also "reiterated calls for transparency and holding all those responsible" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi assassination squad.

As a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Staur called for Saudi Arabia "to uphold the highest human rights standards." "The statement raised many concerns about political prisoners, ongoing discrimination against women and children, and “reports of torture, arbitrary detention, forced disappearances, and denial of access to vital medical care and interaction with their families for detainees.”

On behalf of Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, the statement was made.

Tagged: Saudi Arabia   United Nations   Human Rights Council   Saudi journalist   human rights   journalist Jamal Khashoggi  
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