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Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée denounces the cynicism of Europeans

(B2) Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calls on Member States to break their silence, deemed complicit with the Saudi authorities, and castigates the contradictions of an institution in defending its values

Hatice Cengiz during the press briefing with Pier Antonio Panzeri, chairman of the European Parliament's Human Rights Subcommittee (photo credit: PE)

The fiancée of Jamal Khashoggi, tortured, dismembered and killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018, was testifying at the European Parliament. Guest of a debate on human rights in the Arab peninsula, organized by the Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI), Tuesday February 19, 2019.

States singled out

Hatice Cengiz's words are written and direct. A text of ten long minutes during which the heads of state and government of the EU and the diplomatic services will be cited and singled out several times:

« EU countries and their heads of state did not react properly to this event ". " The USA, like other countries, is trying above all to protect its economic and financial interests, as if nothing had happened. ". Corn " this event is of such importance that it cannot be ignored for the sole economic and financial interests »

An explosive silence from the European Union

« All those who told us that there were EU norms and standards to which we had to comply, today these people say nothing? "" If we are silent today, do you think tomorrow we will be able to talk about human rights and the rule of law? she asks a few days before the EU-Arab League summit, in Egypt on February 24 and 25 (read: European Union and Arab League try to move towards more cooperation).

« If we don't give the right answer today, we will not only have assassinated Jamal, but journalism. If we do not punish the murderers, no journalist will be able to practice their profession safely ».

As for the work carried out by the United Nations Special Rapporteur (see box), “ his report alone will be insufficient » regrets Hatice Cengiz. It is up to the political bodies, “to European Parliament, the Council and EU countries "to act now" more seriously "...

(Emmanuelle Stoesser)

The UN points out the responsibility of the Saudi state

The UN special rapporteur who is leading an investigation into the journalist's murder released the first results of her research on February 7.

« The evidence gathered during my mission to Turkey clearly shows that J. Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated murder, planned and carried out by Saudi state officials. “, indicates Agnès Callamard according to the communicated published. According to her, " Turkey's efforts to carry out prompt, efficient, thorough, independent and impartial investigations – in accordance with international law – have been seriously obstructed and undermined by Saudi Arabia ».

NB: Its final report must be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2019.

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Emmanuelle Stroesser

A journalist for magazines and the press, Emmanuelle specializes in humanitarian issues, development, asylum and migration and human rights.