US line on Khashoggi report disappoints UN experts
UN special rapporteurs say US avoiding action against Saudi crown prince not good for journalists, accountability
UN special investigator Agnes Callamard said Monday it is "dangerous" and "problematic" for a US intelligence report about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to formally blame the Saudi crown prince for the killing but to suggest no punishment.
It "is an important demonstration as well on the part of the United States to be transparent," she said in answer to a question.
Still, Callamard criticized how so far, the US government failed to build on their findings of liability and responsibility on bin Salman's part, describing it as "worrisome."
Callamard is UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial or arbitrary execution, and she spoke at the press conference with Irene Khan, special rapporteur on the protection of freedom of expression.
"It is extremely problematic, if not dangerous, to acknowledge someone's culpability, and then to tell that someone, we won't do anything; please proceed as if we had said nothing," said Callamard.
At the press conference, she added: "You probably know that only 12% of killings of journalists ever get investigated and prosecuted. So that is an appalling number around the world. And the US should take the lead in pushing for accountability."