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Rapporteur Deeds Do not Conform to Special Rapporteurs, Holders of Mandate Code of Conduct -Human Rights Commission Announces

Riyadh, In response to the recent report of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Extermination Agnes Kalamar, the Council of the Human Rights' Commission expressed deep condemnation of the allegations and inaccuracies, in the report, concerning the case of the citizen Jamal Khashoggi (may Allah have mercy on him) as they proceed from prejudices towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its values and systems, as well.

The Council stressed, in a statement, that the report does not reflect what is being done over this issue on the ground and represents a clear prejudice and biased stance against the Kingdom, as it does not comply with the professional standards used in preparation of such reports, stressing that what has been done is incompatible with the Code of Conduct for the work of special rapporteurs and mandate holders, notably the principles of impartiality, objectivity and professionalism, as it inconsistent with the provisions of the Human Rights Council resolutions establishing the mandate, which do not include the task of launching an international investigation other than what was previously stated by the Rapporteur, with an evidence of the lack of credibility of what it claims in this report and in her statements, announcements and media comments.

The Commission' council stated that the Special Rapporteur's remarks contained clear contradictions regarding the evidence on this case, which affects the credibility of her report, expressing rejection of this report, in form and substance.

The Council stressed that the Kingdom, which enjoys full independence, has the inherent competence to consider this case in accordance with international law and international human rights standards, and in particular, according to the principles of integrity, justice, equality and independence.

The Council noted that the Kingdom has repeatedly stressed that what happened to the citizen Jamal Khashoggi is a heinous crime that cannot be ignored or tolerated against the perpetrators, recalling that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has directed the Attorney General to conduct a comprehensive and transparent investigation, in addition, 11 persons have been charged in this case and trials and investigations are ongoing.

The trial proceedings are being followed up and attended by all parties to the case, including the special right holders (Khashoggi family) and their legal representative, as an attorney for the special right, the Human Rights Commission and the National Human Rights' Association, representing the civil society and representatives of the diplomatic missions of a number of countries, including Turkey.

The Council also stressed that the judicial proceedings in this regard are fully in line with the relevant Kingdom's regulations, international human rights standards and, in particular, fair trial guarantees, and that it is keen to attend trials and follow up their proceedings.

Human Rights' Commission Council concluded by calling for respecting the Kingdom's judiciary and regulations, not politicizing this issue and not diverting it, as well, from its legal and judicial course.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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