Saudi Arabia has refused to permit any worldwide investigators to look into the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying these accountable are already dealing with justice.
Bandar bin Mohammed al Aiban, president of the Saudi Arabia’s human rights fee, described Mr Khashoggi’s killing as each an “unlucky accident” and a “heinous crime”.
He mentioned these on trial in connection have had three hearings with their attorneys current however he uncared for to offer additional info.
Mr Khashoggi was murdered within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkey mentioned Saudi authorities ought to disclose the names of defendants and the costs they face if it wished to keep away from questions over the “sincerity of judicial proceedings within the kingdom”.
Mr al Aiban’s feedback fashioned a part of the Saudi response in the course of the UN’s periodic evaluate in Geneva, the place international locations provide suggestions to others to enhance their human rights file.
Some 258 suggestions of areas to enhance have been made, with the Saudis accepting 182 of them and noting (primarily disagreeing with) 76.
Mr al Aiban rebuffed suggestions made by quite a lot of UN international locations for steps to, because the UK requested, “guarantee [a] complete and clear investigation”, with, as Iceland recommended, “worldwide specialists” into the homicide.
Mr al Aiban additionally mentioned the case of the detained girls’s rights activists was primarily based in legislation and was not an assault on human rights. Saudi Arabia says the detainees are “traitors”.
Allegations of torture in opposition to the detainees was denied once more by the Saudis, with Mr al Aiban saying “laws in our nation criminalised torture in all kinds and elements” and that if anybody was discovered to have been tortured then Saudi Arabia “supplies them with all technique of redress”.
He additionally denied the existence of secret detention centres in his nation.
Three of the ladies among the many detained, Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain Al-Hathloul and Eman Al-Nafjan, have been awarded the PEN America/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, a prestigious accolade from the long-standing organisation devoted to free speech by way of writing.
“These gutsy girls have challenged one of many world’s most notoriously misogynist governments, inspiring the world with their demand to drive, to manipulate their very own lives, and to liberate all Saudi girls from a type of medieval bondage that has no place within the 21st century,” mentioned Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America.
The human rights evaluate coincided with reviews from Yemeni army officers that the Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes which mistakenly killed and wounded forces allied with the federal government, who the coalition help.
Eight border guards have been killed and 33 others wounded when the coalition bombed an space alongside the Yemen-Saudi border on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia and Arab allies have been combating in Yemen for greater than 4 years in opposition to the Iran-backed Houthis, who drove a Saudi-backed authorities into exile in 2014.