On Wednesday, 26 June, Women’s March Global attended the 41st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, for the release of the report by Agnès Callamard — U.N. Special Rapporteur — on the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Additionally, WMG together with 40 global NGOs delivered a joint statement calling on U.N. Member States to stand up for human rights in Saudi Arabia and immediately and unconditionally release all detained human rights defenders.
The U.N Special Rapporteur recently released the report detailing the premeditated execution of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi government. In Callamard’s report she noted:
“Saudi state agents, 15 of them, acted under cover of their official status and used state means to execute Mr. Khashoggi.”
“His killing was the result of elaborate planning involving extensive coordination and significant human and financial resources. It was overseen, planned and endorsed by high-level officials. It was premeditated.”
Four important takeaways from the HRC Session:
1The most powerful movement we witnessed was when Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz spoke — asking for the truth for her beloved Jamal Khashoggi. She asked who ordered the killing and where his body is — in front of Saudi Arabia and other governments who continue to cover up the murder.
2 Member states during the HRC session confirmed or denied their support for the report. Some member states who expressed support for the report and further investigation are active suppliers of arms to #SaudiArabia (France, Canada, U.S., U.K and more). These same countries profit off the murder of women and children in #Yemen. They profit off keeping #SaudiArabia in power so the Saudi government can continue to oppress women under #MaleGuardianship.
3 We cannot forget the interconnectedness of power. We need to remember that one country and the people in power in that country have in the past year continued to commit acts that are grossly in violation of human rights across the board.
4 We cannot lose hope. We must persist. We must continue to call out those in power. If you haven’t signed or shared our petition to — do so today. Resistance works.