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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0498/2018

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul (2018/2885(RSP))

Charles Tannock, Raffaele Fitto, Karol Karski, Jana Žitňanská, Ruža Tomašić, Hans‑Olaf Henkel, Monica Macovei, Branislav Škripek, Pirkko Ruohonen‑Lerner, Angel Dzhambazki, Jan Zahradil, Valdemar Tomaševski on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul (2018/2885(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on Saudi Arabia,

–  having regard to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

–  having regard to the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

–  having regard to the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,

–  having regard to the Arab Charter on Human Rights, ratified by Saudi Arabia in 2009,

–  having regard to the joint statement of 14 October 2018 by the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany on the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,

–  having regard to the joint statement of 21 October 2018 by the UK, France and Germany on Jamal Khashoggi’s death,

–  having regard to the statement of 20 October 2018 by the Vice-President of the European Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (VP/HR) on behalf of the European Union on the recent developments in the case of Jamal Khashoggi,

–  having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas on 2 October 2018 Jamal Khashoggi walked into the consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey, to obtain documents certifying his prior divorce;

B.  whereas after two weeks of denial and claiming to know nothing about Mr Khashoggi’s fate, Saudi Arabia has admitted that his death was the result of an alleged physical altercation at the consulate;

C.  whereas since the disappearance and murder of Mr Khashoggi, numerous speculations about his fate have appeared in international media, based on a significant number of leaks in the Turkish media about the ongoing investigations;

D.  whereas allegedly the Turkish intelligence services claim to have captured, through embedded devices that had evaded detection, audio and even video files of the premeditated murder of Mr Khashoggi; whereas Turkey’s President Erdogan has allegedly decided personally, through close advisers, what details of the Turkish investigations to release to the world at what moment;

E.  whereas a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation is still ongoing and President Erdogan has stated that he will reveal all details about what happened on 23 October 2018, the same day as the opening of the Future Investment Initiative to be held in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia;

F.  whereas since admitting the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection with the killing and has sacked the Deputy Intelligence Chief and a close aide to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud;

G.  whereas the European Union and its Member States have insisted on the need for a continued thorough, credible and transparent investigation, in order to shed proper light on the circumstances of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible;

H.  whereas Saudi Arabia and Turkey are both party to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and are obliged to take all measures to prevent torture, enforced disappearances and other serious human rights violations, to investigate allegations of acts constituting these crimes, and to bring to justice those suspected of committing them; whereas under the UN Convention, the particular crime of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is subject to universal jurisdiction and any suspects can therefore be arrested anywhere in the territory of the signatory countries and, if applicable, tried in their domestic courts;

1.  Condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and expresses its condolences to his family and friends;

2.  Underlines the importance of defending freedom of expression and freedom of the press and ensuring the protection of journalists; stresses that threatening, attacking or killing journalists is unacceptable under any circumstances and is a matter of the utmost concern;

3.  Takes note of the Saudi statement and its preliminary findings, and urges that it is still necessary to clarify exactly what happened on 2 October 2018, beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts that can be considered credible;

4.  Stresses that more efforts are needed and expected towards establishing the truth in a comprehensive, transparent and credible manner; urges that the investigation should be carried out thoroughly until responsibilities are clearly established, and that proper accountability and due process should be ensured for any crimes committed;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the EEAS, the Vice-President of the European Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the parliaments and governments of the Member States, His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the President of Turkey, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the President of the Majlis ash-Shura and the President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.




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