GENEVA / KHASHOGGI REAX

09-Oct-2018 00:01:15
The “apparent enforced disappearance” of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was last seen reportedly visiting his country’s consulate in Istanbul requires a full investigation involving both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / KHASHOGGI REAX
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 9 OCTOBER 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations.
2. Wide shot, podium, speakers.
3. Med shot, journalists, podium in background.
4. Close up, journalist.
5. Med shot, journalists.
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“This is of serious concern, this apparent enforced disappearance of Mr Khashoggi from the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul is of serious concern. If reports of his death and the extraordinary circumstances leading up to it are confirmed, this is truly shocking. ”
7. Close up shot, journalist.
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We call for cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct a prompt, impartial and independent investigation into the circumstances into Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance and to make the findings public.”
9. Med shot, journalist.
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“At the moment there are still a lot of questions about precisely what happened when Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate, so we will wait until matters are clearer before we can comment further.”
10. Med shot, journalists.
11. Med shot, journalists.
12. Close up, journalist reflected in reading glasses.
STORYLINE
The “apparent enforced disappearance” of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was last seen reportedly visiting his country’s consulate in Istanbul requires a full investigation involving both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.

“This apparent enforced disappearance of Mr Khashoggi from the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul is of serious concern,” said spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. “If reports of his death and the extraordinary circumstances leading up to it are confirmed, this is truly shocking.”

Noting that the development followed “several cases” in Saudi Arabia recently where human rights defenders and journalists have been detained, the OHCHR spokesperson underlined the need for an independent inquiry.

“We call for cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct a prompt, impartial and independent investigation into the circumstances into Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance and to make the findings public,” Shamdasani said.

The OHCHR spokesperson’s comments were echoed later on Friday by senior UN rights experts, who spoke of their concern at Khashoggi’s disappearance on 2 October “and at allegations of state-sponsored murder” of the journalist and government critic.

“We are concerned that the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi is directly linked to his criticism of Saudi policies in recent years,” said Bernard Duhaime, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and the UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Agnes Callamard.

“We reiterate our repeated calls on the Saudi authorities to open the space for the exercise of fundamental rights,” they added, “including the right to life and of expression and dissent”.

Given the lack of clarity surrounding Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance, OHCHR’s Shamdasani said that her office preferred to wait before issuing further statements: “At the moment there are still a lot of questions about precisely what happened when Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate,” she said. “So we will wait until matters are clearer before we can comment further.”
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