The European Parliament approved a text condemning in the strongest terms the killing of the Saudi journalist. In the document, MEPs have recalled that the systematic practise of enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killings constitute a crime against humanity. The Parliament has demanded an independent and impartial international investigation to find out what actually happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. MEPs have urged HR/VP and the Member States “to be ready to impose sanctions such as visa bans and asset freezes against Saudi individuals as well as human rights sanctions against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, once the facts have been established” and have asked the HR/VP, the EEAS and Member States “to conduct a structural dialogue with Saudi Arabia on human rights and fundamental rights”. MEPs have also seized the statement to formally request the cessation of arms sales to Saudi Arabia due to the Kingdom’s involvement in the Yemen conflict.
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