Maat for Peace submits an oral intervention on the Interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings
Maat for Peace welcomes the Special rapporteurs report on extrajudicial killings and affirm that the right to life is guaranteed under article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Exceptional circumstances, including the state of war, the threat of war, internal political instability or any other state of emergency, may not be invoked to justify extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
Madam Agnes Kallamard’s UN Special Rapporteur report focused on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and we strongly condemn this crime and call on the Saudi government to help in the investigation into this case to uncover the truth and hold those responsible accountable. However, the report ignored the violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by the Houthi militias in Yemen, where extrajudicial killings and arbitrary executions were widespread. The killings constituted one of the most serious sources of violations of the right to life. Since the beginning of the conflict, the militia has carried out a number of assassinations in areas resisting its military control, targeting citizens, politicians, media professionals, jurists and preachers.
The report also ignored the killing of a Palestinian citizen, Zaki Mubarak, in Turkish prisons. The Turkish authorities claimed that he committed suicide at the time of his family’s claim that he was killed as a result of torture. The forensic report proved traces of wounds. Maat submitted a complaint to the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings and has not received a response so far, Maat for Peace calls for an international investigation into the causes of death and accountability of those responsible for this crime.
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