Several countries from the European Union have denounced the lack of human rights in Saudi Arabia.
Rabat – The Guardian reported on Tuesday, September 24, that 15 European Union members issued a joint statement to condemn unlawful detention, the alleged use of torture, and unfair trials of activists and journalists in Saudi Arabia.
The statement was presented at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The Guardian reported that the meeting was the second of its kind in six months.
The statement also explicitly refers to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The members of the EU have urged Saudi Arabia to reveal the truth behind the murder of the prominent journalist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
The signatories of the joint statement include the UK and Germany.
Canada, New Zealand, and Peru also appeared on the list alongside the 15 EU member states.
Australia’s ambassador Sally Mansfield, read out the statement said, “We are concerned at reports of torture, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, unfair trials and harassment of individuals engaged in promoting and defending human rights, their families and colleagues.”
Despite the reforms in place under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia continues to face backlash and condemnation over alleged torture and arrest of critics.
Earlier this month, news on Saudi Arabia selling the consulate building where Khashoggi was killed went viral.
An audio transcript, which provided more details about the murder of Khashoggi also went viral.
Turkish news outlet Daily Sabah shared part of a conversation recorded before and during the murder of the journalist.
The conversation documents a conversation between Maher Abdulaziz and Salah Muhammed Al Tubaigy, two people allegedly involved in the killing of Khashoggi.
Next month will mark the first anniversary of Khashoggi’s violent death.