UN rights monitors seek international probe of Khashoggi case


An international independent investigation should be launched into the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, three UN human rights monitors are demanding.

"We are deeply concerned at the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi and at the allegations of state-sponsored murder," said David Kaye, Agnes Callamard and Bernard Duhaime, who monitor free speech, summary executions and disappearances, respectively.

"We are concerned that the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi is directly linked to his criticism of Saudi policies in recent years," they added, urging Saudi authorities to open the space for human rights in their country.    (dpa)

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