TSC IntelBrief Cited by Independent:Jamal Khashoggi: Human rights groups call for UN investigation into disappearance of Saudi journalist
November 15, 2018
By: Borzou Daragahi
A group of four major US and European human rights and press freedom organisations, alarmed by signs of backroom dealmaking by world powers, called for a United Nations probe into the disappearance and possible murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a 60-year-old Washington Post columnist who vanished after entering his nation’s consulate in Istanbul 16 days ago …
The apparent killing of Mr Khashoggi has rattled dissident journalists and activists worldwide, and sparked fears of a wave of impunity. The Soufan Centre, an intelligence consultancy, warned of a wave of state-sponsored killings of political enemies that could increase if there are no consequences for Saudi Arabia.
“The clear evidence and resulting outrage so far haven’t produced much in terms of changing behaviours of governments like Russia, North Korea, and now Saudi Arabia,” it said. “A tepid international response will likely encourage future similar behaviours and even inspire other rogue actors to follow suit …”
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