DARE: UN Investigator Calls on Saudi Arabia to Make Khashoggi Murder Trials Public
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Special rapporteur leading UN investigation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing finds that Saudi Arabia has not met its international human rights obligations and renews request for the criminal trial to be made public. (See more about PEN America’s advocacy on behalf of Jamal Khashoggi.) New York Times feature explores how prominence of anti-B.D.S. legislation and the ‘battle over Israel’ impact First Amendment rights. (Find out more about PEN America’s position on anti-B.D.S. legislation.) Federal First Amendment lawsuit filed against South Dakota governor to halt legislation aimed at preventing anti-pipeline protests. -Nora Benavidez, Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs
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UN Investigator Calls on Saudi Arabia to Make Khashoggi Murder Trials Public *PEN Case List: Learn More
Agnes Callamard, who has been leading a UN investigation into the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October, said the hearings that Saudi Arabia has conducted looking into the murder have not met international standards and called for more transparency. She has also requested a country visit.
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