PFIF Called Saudi Arabia Reveal Khashoggi’s Fate

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PARIS – Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms Thursday called on the Saudi government to disclose the fate of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for a routine treatment.

PFIF, an international human rights organization, said in a press release that Riyadh is fully responsible for Khashoggi’s life and safety, noting that he is known to publish critical opinions and articles of his country’s human rights violations.

The institute confirmed that Khashoggi’s disappearance inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was a kidnapping and that diplomatic immunity should not be used to carry out criminal acts such as kidnapping and enforced disappearance.

It highlighted that international conventions prohibit the enforced disappearance, detention, abduction or any act depriving a person of his freedom by an authority or persons acting with its support or authorization and denies knowing his fate and which is exactly the case of Khashoggi.

The International Convention of Protecting people from enforced disappearance states in article 1 that no person shall be subjected to enforced disappearance and no exceptional circumstance, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any situation to justify enforced disappearance. Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) defines “enforced disappearance” as a crime against humanity and is therefore considered to be within its jurisdiction.

Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms (PFIF) confirmed that Khashoggi’s abduction and enforced disappearance on the basis of his opposition to his country’s authorities represented the latest episodes of human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, which arrest hundreds of prisoners of conscience, journalists and preachers, and are ranked 169 on the list of 180 countries by Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom.

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