The European Parliament has urged EU member states to wield Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen.
In an EU arms export report adopted on Thursday, EU lawmakers urged all members of the bloc to “follow the example of Germany, Finland and Denmark, which hit Saudi Arabia after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashogi” Adopted restrictions on the export of its weapons “.
The document also states that the weapons exported to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, as well as other members of the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war, were used in the country, “where 22 million people find themselves in need of humanitarian aid and safety “.
The report also urges the remaining European Union countries to impose similar sanctions to prevent further civilian victims in the Yemen conflict.
Soon after entering the country’s consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul in October 2018, Khashogi, a 59-year-old columnist for The Washington Post, was beaten to death and killed by a group of Saudi operatives.
Riyadh offered conflicting narratives to explain his disappearance before committing murder in a diplomatic building in a “rogue operation”.
Earlier this month, a Riyadh criminal court sentenced him to death and handed a prison sentence of up to 20 years to the convicts, saying he was pardoned by the journalist’s family. He was sentenced to death last year.
UN human rights investigator Agnes Calamard called the Saudi prosecutor’s decision on the murder a “parody of justice”, which spared “high-level” conspirators.
Yemen has been under violence and anarchy since 2014, when Iran-backed Houthi rebels occupied most parts of the country, including the capital, Sana’a, and a forced president. Abd-rabbu Mansoor Hadi to flee the country next year.
The crisis escalated in 2015 when the Saudi-led military alliance launched a disastrous air campaign aimed at gaining Houthi territorial gains.
Tens of thousands of Yemenis, including civilians, are believed to have been killed in the conflict, causing 3.65 million internally displaced people, one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, and 15 million in need of immediate humanitarian aid.
Anadolu News Agency