Event: Justice for Khashoggi: Enhancing the UN’s impact in ending impunity

Parallel Event to the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council 

Thursday 27 June, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Room VIII, Palais des Nations


Less than a week after the UN Human Rights Council adopted its most recent resolution on the safety of journalists, Saudi Arabia dispatched a hit squad to its Istanbul consulate to murder Washington Post journalist and regime critic Jamal Khashoggi.

This crime against freedom of expression shocked the world. It laid bare the chasm between the international community’s stated commitments to the safety of journalists, and the ability of UN human rights mechanisms to protect at-risk journalists, and respond quickly and effectively to support investigations into killings of journalists, and end the cycle of impunity for such attacks.

This human rights crisis is not limited to autocratic countries or nascent democracies – after several years in decline, the number of killings of journalists worldwide spiked in 2018, whilst impunity for historic cases remains troublingly high, fueling further violence. In Malta, a report by PACE Special Rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia more than 18 months ago, highlighted serious concerns over national investigations, pointing to systemic rule of law failings in the country.

As the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary or summary executions, Dr. Agnès Callamard, presents the findings of her independent investigation into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi to the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council, join us to discuss what recent attacks on journalists have taught us about gaps in prevention, protection and prosecution, and how to enhance the UN’s response to impunity.


Panelists Dr. Agnès Callamard UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
David Kaye UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression
Hatice Cengiz Fiancée of Jamal Khashoggi
Pieter Omtzigt Special Rapporteur, Council of Europe
Rob Mahoney Deputy Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Yahya Assiri Founder and Director, ALQST
Moderator Thomas Hughes Executive Director, ARTICLE 19