Independent human rights expert to visit Turkey to launch international inquiry into Khashoggi case
GENEVA (25 January 2019) – The UN human rights expert Agnès Callamard is to head an international inquiry into the killing of Saudi journalist Mr. Jamal Khashoggi, starting with a visit to Turkey from 28 January to 3 February 2019.
This inquiry, established under the authority of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings, and upon her request, will review and evaluate, from a human rights perspective, the circumstances surrounding the killing of Kashoggi. Callamard will be accompanied by Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, and Professor Duarte Nuno Vieira from the University of Coimbra.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey
The Secretary-General condemns the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara today. He expresses his deepest condolences to the family of Ambassador Karlov and to the Government and people of the Russian Federation.
The Secretary-General is appalled by this senseless act of terror and emphasizes that there can be no justification for the targeting of diplomatic personnel and civilians. The Secretary-General is following the unfolding situation closely and wishes the other people who were reportedly injured in the attack a speedy and full recovery.
New York, 19 December 2016
21 August 2016
The Secretary-General condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack on a wedding party in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey. This act, reportedly carried out by a suicide bomber, killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens of others. The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this act will be quickly identified and brought to justice. He again stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism.
The Secretary-General is following closely and with concern the fast-moving developments in Turkey.
At this moment of uncertainty in the country, the Secretary-General appeals for calm, non-violence and restraint. Preservation of fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and assembly, remain of vital importance.
The Secretary-General underscores that military interference in the affairs of any state is unacceptable. It will be crucial to quickly and peacefully affirm civilian rule and constitutional order in accordance with principles of democracy.
New York, 15 July 2016
The Secretary-General condemns today’s bombing in central Istanbul, which is reported to have killed and injured dozens of people. This is the latest in a recent series of terrorist attacks in Turkey. The perpetrators of this appalling violence must be brought to justice, consistent with human rights obligations. The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of today’s attack and to the people and Government of Turkey.