Switzerland: Khashoggi’s fiancee calls for action following UN report

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Fiancee of murdered Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz, called on the United Nations to take the next step in the investigation of his killing, speaking during a panel called ‘Silencing Dissent’ at the UN headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday.

The comment followed the release of the report from the UN’s specialist on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard.

“The most important point that I have seen in this report, is the part that indicates that a person who may [one day] be head of state might possibly be involved in this incident. The report points to the fact that important Saudi officials, big officials may have been involved in this affair,” said Cengiz.

“The international public opinion needs to pursue this, needs to exert pressure and the United Nations needs to take the next step,” Cengiz stressed.

Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard, who was present among the panellists, said that she does not think “the world can afford to turn a blind eye or to turn the page on a killing such as that of Mr Khashoggi” and added that “the international community, the United Nations must be able to investigate, analyse and report to it fairly, honestly and prepare to take the actions in response to it.”

Callamard’s report was made public on June 19 and stated that Saudi Arabia was responsible for Khashoggi’s killing. Callamard will present her report to the UN’s Human Rights Council on Wednesday.

Saudi author Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was allegedly assassinated and dismembered in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in October 2018.

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