The death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has torn off the final veil off the face of Kingdom’s brutality. Demonstrating worse human rights within the premises, from women rights, freedom of speech, right to expression to immigrant worker’s rights – Saudi Arab has been globally condemned for their conduct.
With Prince Muhammad Bin Salman taking the crown, it felt like things changed for Saudi Arabia. He moved to modernise the Kingdom to improve tourist influx and took significant steps (apparently) to liberalise the economy. But what the world couldn’t see – Khashoggi wanted to say it loud.
He wrote fearlessly against the Crown Prince MBS, exposing his way of governance and massacre of human rights while he was in the Kingdom. When crackdown started and KSA carried out a series of arrests targetting rights activists, writers and religious clerics, Khashoggi fled the country. He continued writing against the Kingdom after leaving, exposing the reality beneath the mask of liberalism while he worked with The Washington Post.
Khashoggi was murdered in Saudi consulate in Turkey when he went to obtain some necessary documents for his marriage. His fiance waited outside the building when Khashoggi was murdered there. His body was dismembered and reportedly the pieces of his corpse were dissolved in acid to easily dispose them off. Saudi Arab stayed in denial of his murder until finally accepting that he was killed after getting international backlash, following a series of contradictory statements.
What starving kids of Yemen couldn’t do, Khashoggi’s murderer did. It lifted the curtain completely, exposing the flood of blood. Both Britain and USA, who are biggest accomplices and arms providers of the Saudi-led Yemen war, are now withdrawing their support after facing criticism from their own people. In the past 3 and a half years, the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. Since then, the war-torn country has seen numerous coalition bombs and missiles hitting school buses, hospitals, factories and funeral halls with the worst famine the world has seen.
But 5 million starving people in the bereaved country couldn’t open the world’s eyes. To shame the Saudi regime, Amnesty activists have asked to rename streets in London and America to keep the memory of slain journalist alive and remind the world about the injustice done to him.
In London, activists put up a mock ‘Khashoggi Street’ sign outside the Saudi embassy at exactly 1.14 pm – one month to the minute Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, Nihad Awad, is moving to rename the section of New Hampshire Avenue in front of the Saudi embassy in Washington “Jamal Khashoggi Way.”
“We are petitioning for the roundabout in front of the Saudi embassy in Washington to be named after Jamal Khashoggi. I want you to start a petition, that in every street and every city where there is a Saudi embassy or a Saudi mission, demand that it will be renamed after him.” – Awad said.
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