UN Report on the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi Reveals Fissures in the International Community

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Alex Psilakis

On June 19, 2019, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a report on the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi national and Washington Post reporter killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. The report not only analyzes the killing of Khashoggi, but considers factors including responsibility, prosecution, and international accountability. It holds no punches, as it blatantly calls out the state of Saudi Arabia for ordering the extrajudicial killing of Khashoggi. It also calls on other states that have a direct stake in the situation, such as the U.S., to launch a criminal investigation into the case. Politics, however, makes this outcome highly unlikely, limiting international enforcement efforts while eroding the perceived protection of fundamental freedoms around the world.