Left Menu
Development News Edition

West urges S.Arabia to release women activists, prosecute Khashoggi killers

Denmark's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Morten Jespersen, read out a joint statement on behalf of 29 countries -- including Australia, Britain and Canada -- urging the kingdom to "release all political detainees" and voicing concern at the detention of "at least five women activists". They include al-Hathloul, Nouf Abdelaziz, Samar Badawi, Nassima Al-Sadah, Mohammed Al-Bajadi, and Miyaa Al-Zahrani, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) said in a statement.

Reuters | Updated: 15-09-2020 16:13 IST | Created: 15-09-2020 16:13 IST
West urges S.Arabia to release women activists, prosecute Khashoggi killers

Dozens of Western countries voiced concern on Tuesday at Saudi Arabia's continued detention of women activists and called for those behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be brought to justice. At least a dozen prominent women's rights activists were arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2018 as it lifted a ban on women driving cars, a step that many of the detainees had long campaigned for. The women were rounded up as part of a broader crackdown on dissent.

Germany, speaking on behalf of the European Union at the United Nations Human Rights Council, brought up Saudi Arabia's "prolonged detentions of women rights defenders", including Loujain al-Hathloul. Several of the arrested women say they have suffered torture and sexual assault in detention, accusations which Saudi officials reject.

"We stress the need for full accountability and transparent prosecution of those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi," said Germany's ambassador, Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg. Western nations also criticised Saudi Arabia's handling of the Khashoggi case.

A Saudi court this month jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for the murder of the journalist in 2018 at its consulate in Istanbul. The trial drew criticism from a U.N. investigator and from human rights campaigners who said the masterminds of the murder remained free. Denmark's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Morten Jespersen, read out a joint statement on behalf of 29 countries -- including Australia, Britain and Canada -- urging the kingdom to "release all political detainees" and voicing concern at the detention of "at least five women activists".

They include al-Hathloul, Nouf Abdelaziz, Samar Badawi, Nassima Al-Sadah, Mohammed Al-Bajadi, and Miyaa Al-Zahrani, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) said in a statement. "The immediate and unconditional release of the women’s rights activists and human rights defenders would be a litmus test of the Saudi government’s political will to improve the human rights situation," said Salma El Hosseiny of ISHR.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

New farm bills in India: Focusing on farms or farmers?

... ...

Kenya’s COVID-19 response: Chaos amid lack of information

Confusing numbers and scanty information on how effective curfews and lockdowns have been in breaking transmission have amplified coordination and planning challenges in Kenyas response to COVID-19. Without accurate data, it is impossible t...

Farkhad Akhmedov: Calculating the price of impunity from the law

In insistences such as the battle over the Luna, Akhmedov has resorted to extreme legal machinations to subvert the High Courts decision and keep his assets from being seized. ...

Guinea’s elections hearken back to the autocracy and violence of its past

... ...

Videos

Latest News

35 more deaths take Delhi's COVID-19 toll to 6,163; infection tally 3.44 lakh

The national capital recorded 35 more fatalities on Thursday, taking the COVID-19 death toll to 6,163, while 3,882 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to over 3.44 lakh, authorities said. These fresh cases came out of the 58,770 tests co...

France extends curfew to more regions - PM Castex

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday that because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the government will extend the 2100 to 0600 curfew to 38 more departments, starting from Friday at midnight.He said the curfew would now...

Abrogation of Article 370 unacceptable, will fight against it: PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party PDP on Thursday said illegal and unconstitutional disempowerment was perpetrated on the people of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year when the Centre abrogated Article 370, asserting that the changes were un...

France halts Engie's U.S. LNG deal amid trade, environment rows

The French government asked power group Engie to hold off on signing a multi-billion dollar U.S. liquefied natural gas import contract on concerns over the deals environmental implications, a source familiar with the matter said.The interve...

Give Feedback