Saudi Arabia Rights Head Says Pursuing Justice For Jamal Khashoggi Murder

Blanche Robertson
March 15, 2019

The Saudi human rights commission rejected calls for an worldwide investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's murder, saying they've already punished the killers who they refused to name or give any details about.

This week, more than 30 countries, including all 28 European Union member states, censured the Saudi government at the UN Human Rights Council for its human rights record.

Khashoggi, who worked as a contributor for The Washington Post, was an outspoken critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"We have taken those measures required for us to resolve this heinous crime", Aiban said, after calling the reporter's death an "unfortunate accident".

We deeply regret that Saudi Arabia rejected a recommendation to fully cooperate with United Nations human rights mechanisms to investigate allegations of violations of global humanitarian law in Yemen.

The kingdom, he said, will not accept calls to "internationalize" the legal proceedings, which would be perceived as foreign interference with domestic affairs.

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It announced General Secretariat of Interpol published the red notice March 1 in accordance with Turkey's request.

Saudi Arabia initially said it had no knowledge of his fate.

"We find it hard to understand why an official working in the area of human rights would possibly be unsettled by efforts to shed light on all aspects of the Khashoggi murder, which received a global response", Altun said in a statement.

As Saudi officials continue to reject calls for an independent investigation, they have also continued to dispute accusations that the country's crown prince was involved in Khashoggi's killing. " While not naming any names, he said that 11 Saudi citizens had been indicted for the "heinous crime" a year ago".

While Saudi Arabia has abolished the ban on women driving since its previous review, other government-enforced guardian restrictions remain in place, including on travel outside the country.

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