All 28 European Union member states, together with a handful of other countries, signed a statement in the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday condemning Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.The statement called on the kingdom to release many of the activists currently jailed in the country and for Saudi Arabia to cooperate with a United Nations investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018.”The circumstances of Mr. Khashoggi’s death reaffirm the need to protect journalists and to uphold the right to freedom of expression around the world,” the statement, signed by 36 countries, reads.”We call on Saudi Arabia to take meaningful steps to ensure that all members of the public, including human rights defenders and journalists, can freely and fully exercise their rights to freedoms of expression, opinion and association, including online, without fear of reprisals.”The statement was in stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s position on the matter. Trump has continued to stress the need for the United States to maintain its traditional alliance with Saudi Arabia despite the killing, and has taken no steps to punish the country’s young crown prince for the… Read full this story
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