Saudi Journalist Disappears in Saudi Consulate in Turkey

This story could come under several threads, but as the Khashoggi angle seems the most important I will place it here.
www.cbc.ca/news/politics/saudi-arabia-g20-summit-trudeau-1.5205665?cmp=rss
The next G20 summit will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the the financial district.
The next Group of 20 summit, however, will be held next November in an altogether more forbidding environment: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It will take place in the modern surroundings of the new King Abdullah Financial District, with 59 towers and a few architectural wonders.
The story notes though that to get a taste of the real Saudi Arabia, you need to head down to "Chop-chop Square", where frequent public executions are held.
But for a taste of the real Saudi Arabia, summiteers need only take a cab south on King Fahd Road. In about half an hour they'll come to Deera Square, colloquially known as 'Chop-chop Square' for its frequent public executions.
Under the prince bin Salman, executions have nearly doubled.
Despite praise from western governments for his supposedly modernizing ways, Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (often known as MBS) has overseen a near-doubling in the number of executions.
A couple of months ago 37 people were executed in one day. All but 4 were from the persecuted Shia minority.
The swordsmen were busy on April 23, when Saudi Arabia executed 37 people in one day. All but four were members of the country's persecuted Shia minority. The body and severed head of one of the 37 was put on public display.
The next set up for the chop include a 13 year old who was accused of leading a protest of children on bicycles during the Arab Spring when he was 10 years old.
The next group of condemned individuals set for execution in Saudi Arabia includes Murtaja Qureiris, who has been in prison since the age of 13. He's accused of crimes that include leading a protest of children on bicycles during the Arab Spring movement — when he was ten.
Many of those executed are poor foreign workers accused of crimes such as witchcraft, making potions, and predicting the future.
Many of those executed in Saudi Arabia are poor foreigners. Saudi Arabia has sentenced people to die in recent years for such crimes as witchcraft, making potions and predicting the future.
The thing that is really making Riyadh controversial as the host for the G20 though is the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
But the killing that made Saudi Arabia uniquely controversial as a site for a G20 summit was — unlike the ones in Deera Square — never meant to be seen by the wider world.

Jamal Khashoggi's murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has been a public relations disaster for a kingdom that has worked hard to present a face to the world very different from the one it shows at home.
According to UN investigator Agnes Callamard, the murder could not have been carried out with the approval of Mohammed bin Salman.
According to the report of UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard, Turkish microphones captured the killing and dismemberment of Khashoggi, while his fiancee waited outside for him, unaware. Turkish cameras captured one of Khashoggi's killers leaving the consulate wearing the dead man's clothes.

And Turkish wiretaps captured the communications between the hit squad and home base, leading foreign intelligence services to conclude that the murder realistically could not have been carried out without the approval of Mohammed bin Salman.
Callamard has said that holding the G20 in Saudi Arabia is a "slap in the face" for those who want to see some accountability for that murder.
"The holding of the G20 in Saudi Arabia next year is a slap in the face of all those who have fought and some of whom have died for accountability and human rights protections," she told CBC News, calling for the summit to be moved.
Callamard also said that Canada has taken the strongest stance on Saudi Arabia's human rights record, and has paid a heavy price for it while the international community has failed to support Canada.
"Canada has already taken possibly the strongest stance on Saudi Arabia and has paid a heavy price for it," she said. "The international community as a whole failed to support Canada a year or so ago when it criticized Saudi Arabia for its treatment of women activists."
Callamard also said that Canada has take the strongest stand with regards to accountability for the murder of Khashoggi, alongside perhaps Germany.
Callamard said Canada also has "taken a number of stands when it comes to accountability for Mr. Khashoggi. I think the government of Canada has probably taken the strongest stance against Saudi Arabia of all western countries, alongside with maybe Germany."
At the G20 summit in Argentina in 2018, only Canada would speak directly to bin Salman about the murder of Khashoggi. Callamard wants other countries to "rally around Canada" in doing something about it.
It was at the G20 Summit in Argentina in November 2018 that the crown prince made his first international appearance after the murder. Most leaders steered clear of him. Some, like Russian President Vladimir Putin, were friendly. But only one, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, spoke to him directly about the killing.

"It's important that Canada exercise leadership as it has so far," said Callamard. "But it cannot do that on its own. Other countries must rally around Canada in a way that they haven't done so far."
However, Canada will not be boycotting the G20 summit over this issue.
"The G20 provides a forum for Canada and its partners to take concerted action on some of the world's most pressing challenges," said Adam Austen, spokesman for Global Affairs. "Canada supports the important inquiry of Agnes Callamard ... into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This murder was an unconscionable attack on the freedom of expression of all individuals and on the freedom of the press.

"The explanations provided by Saudi Arabia to date are insufficient. We continue to call for a full, international independent investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi."
Canada's former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, expelled from the country last year, said that it would be an "empty gesture" to boycott the summit as it would do nothing to change bin Salman's behaviour.
Dennis Horak, Canada's former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, was expelled during last year's diplomatic spat with the kingdom. He told CBC News he feels that avoiding the summit, or trying to move it elsewhere, would be an "empty gesture."

"What would be the objective? What would we be trying to achieve?" he asked.

"Normally when you put sanctions on a country or punish them in some way, it's because you're trying to get them to do something. What is that something we want them to do? Are we looking for them to remove the crown prince and put him on trial? Because that's not going to happen."
 
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