Human rights proponents in the Middle East have more to worry about.
Saudi Arabia’s conduct of slaughtering civilians in Yemen has attracted human rights activists’ attention. Among them was Islamic pro-reform writer, Jamal Khashoggi, formerly of Al Watan, a Saudi daily newspaper. Mr. Jamal Khashoggi is now missing and presumed dead by at least the Turkish government.
Sources are not unequivocally able to confirm that Jamal Khashoggi is alive although the Saudis say he left their consular office on 2 October, unharmed.
But Turkish authorities are saying he is dead, having been murdered by a Saudi hit squad. That has yet to be proven, but it is no less true Khashoggi is nowhere to be found.
There is no indication that Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi did in fact leave Turkey as a prisoner of Saudi Arabia after he failed to emerge from the Saudi consular office in Istanbul on the afternoon of 2 Oct. 2018 where his fiancee awaited his exit. Sources had told Feminine-Perspective that the Saudis were trying to bring him back to Saudi Arabia. Mr. Khashoggi has been living in the USA for just over a year in self-exile.
Jamal was in Turkey at the first of the month with his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz. They were attempting to get necessary documents for their eventual marriage from the Saudi Arabia Consular office. 34330 Beşiktaş/İstanbul.
On Wed, 03 Oct. 2018 Feminine Persdpective Magazine reported that Mr. Khashoggi’s fiancee had been with Jamal on Tuesday 2 Oct., a little after noon when he went to visit the Saudi Arabia consular office in order to secure documents they needed to finalize a divorce and subsequently remarry.
She was getting worried at around 2:30 but waited until the end of business hours last Tuesday to call Turkish Police. See: we want our people released.
During his self-imposed exile (journalists who are critical of Saudi Arabia’s government, risk imprisonment and death), Jamal had been writing opinioon columns on foreigbn affairs for the Washington Post.
“If the reports of Jamal’s murder are true, it is a monstrous and unfathomable act,” Fred Hiatt, the director of The Post’s editorial page, said in a statement. “Jamal was — or, as we hope, is — a committed, courageous journalist. He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom. He is respected in his country, in the Middle East and throughout the world. We have been enormously proud to publish his writings.” Washington Post 8 Oct. 2018
The Washington Post published a blank column on 4 October, 2018.
By Jamal Khashoggi Oct. 4, 2018
According to Melissa Hemingway who has been lobbying on behalf of The RINJ Foundation for the release of several imprisoned women and men activists whom the Saudis have threatened to kill, “this does not imply a good outcome for the women activists we want freed from Saudi Arabia.”
Women human rights defenders imprisoned in 2018 by Saudi Arabia
- Israa al-Ghomgham
- Samar Badawi
- Nassima al-Saadah
- Hatoon al-Fassi
- Loujain al-Hathloul
Men human rights defenders also imprisoned in 2018 by Saudi Arabia
- Aziza al-Yousef
- Nouf Abdelaziz
- Mayaa al-Zahrani
- Ibrahim al-Modaimeegh
- Abdulaziz Meshaal
- Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi
While those who have followed or covered this story are not especially hopeful of a good outcome, it still has not fully sunk in that Jamal would have been killed as the Turks accuse the Saudis, on 2 October. The only response we have been able to obtain from the Saudis is that Mr. Khashoggi came and went on 2 October. We have been unable to contact the actual clerk we believe Mr. Khashoggi would have attended in Istanbul for the purpose of obtaining a completed divorce.
Jamal’s file is not closed.