Saudi Human Rights Commission slams ‘biased’ UN report on Khashoggi case

UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard. (AFP)
Updated 23 June 2019

Saudi Human Rights Commission slams ‘biased’ UN report on Khashoggi case

  • The statement concluded by calling on the UN and others to respect Saudi Arabia’s judicial process, and not to politicize the case

RIYADH: The Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) has slammed a report by UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard suggesting that the US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a premeditated extrajudicial execution, for which the Kingdom is responsible.
The HRC stressed the report was biased and stemmed from prejudice, which neither reflects reality nor complies with the code of conduct for the work of UN special rapporteurs.
In a press statement, the HRC suggested Callamard’s assertions had breached UN principles of impartiality, objectivity and professionalism. The report, it added, constituted interference in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, contained clear contradictions regarding the evidence of the case, and ignored the directive issued by King Salman to conduct a comprehensive and transparent investigation into the incident.

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So far, 11 people have been charged in connection with the death of Khashoggi. Trial proceedings are being followed publicly, and in the presence of all parties involved in the case.

So far, 11 people have been charged in connection with the death of Khashoggi. Trial proceedings are being followed publicly, and in the presence of all parties involved in the case, including the family of Khashoggi and their legal representatives, as well as representatives of the HRC and the diplomatic missions of a number of countries, including Turkey.
The HRC also stressed that judicial action taken in this regard fully complies with the relevant regulations of the Kingdom, as well as with international human rights standards, particularly over guarantees to a fair trial. The statement concluded by calling on the UN and others to respect the Kingdom’s judicial process, and not to politicize the case.


Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

Updated 47 min 58 sec ago

Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its support for Afghanistan during a pledging conference for the war-torn nation. 
The event, co-hosted by Finland and the United Nations in Geneva, saw the US, the European Union and other donors pledge billions of dollars in funding for Afghanistan.
Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said the Kingdom has supported more than 35 projects in Afghanistan in various sectors, at a cost of more than $24m. 
The projects covered the humanitarian, health, education, water and food security fields. 
Al-Wasel said the Kingdom participated in all donor conferences held for Afghanistan out of its sense of responsibly towards Afghanistan and hopes for the country to achieve security and prosperity. 
He said the Kingdom believes that achieving stability in Afghanistan requires collective support through several steps, including conciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as well as the group’s commitment to renounce violence and engage in the political process. 
Countries like Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Canada stepped forward with hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of pledges for Afghanistan, after speeches from officials like Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.