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UNHRC calls for examination and accountability over death of Saudi journalist Khashoggi

United Nations, Oct 31 (IENews) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and OHCHR head Michelle Bachelet has called for full examination of and accountability for human rights violations committed against the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi had gone missing from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018.

Saudi officials have now reportedly admitted that he was killed inside the embassy by a team of agents sent from Riyadh, although his body has yet to be recovered.

Bachelet hailed the steps taken by Turkish and Saudi authorities to investigate and prosecute the alleged perpetrators, but added that “given the information that high-level officials in Saudi Arabia were apparently involved, and it took place in the Consulate of Saudi Arabia, the bar must be set very high to ensure meaningful accountability and justice for such a shockingly brazen crime against a journalist and government critic.”

“For an investigation to be carried out free of any appearance of political considerations, the involvement of international experts, with full access to evidence and witnesses, would be highly desirable,” she stated.

Bachelet said it is important to determine whether serious human rights violations – such as torture, summary execution or enforced disappearance – were committed and to identify those implicated, “irrespective of their official capacity.”

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