The visit of the Saudi Crown Prince “MBS” to the Elysée Palace angered human rights defenders

The treaty between the kingdom and France went unnoticed. For his first visit to Europe since the murder in 2018 of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Mohammed Ben Salman dines, Thursday, July 28, with Emmanuel Macron, which aroused the anger of human rights defenders.

This arrival in France is “shame”, thus reacted to Franceinfo Abdullah Alaoudh, director for the Gulf region of the organization Democracy for the Arab World Now, an American human rights organization, where Jamal Khashoggi had an idea, before his murder. “We believe that MBS is trying to whitewash his crimes. He supported the leaders of the war in Libya and elsewhere, and who arrested many activists, peaceful defenders and comedians in Saudi Arabia “he pointed out.

“There will be rehabilitation at the international level of MBS. And this individual is a murderer., accused Agnes Callamard, secretary general of the NGO Amnesty International, in France Inter. The latter conducted an investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist of Washington post and critic of Saudi power, when he was a UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings.

The former environmentalist presidential candidate, Yannick Jadot, was also criticized Twitter the visit to the Elysée Palace by the Saudi Crown Prince. “On the dinner menu between Emmanuel Macron and MBS the dismembered body of the journalist Khashoggi? Climate chaos? Peace and human rights? Overshoot day? No ! Oil and weapons! The exact opposite of what to do! », criticized the MEP Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV). Julien Bayou, EELV national secretary, declared himself “It’s shocking that we’ll receive a foreign dictator with a reputation”.

“I believe it is important for the President of the French Republic to receive a certain number of de facto interlocutors. (…) more in the context that we know, linked to the crisis in Ukraine and the major energy challenges that we have”, the president of the Renaissance group (ex-La République en Marche) of the National Assembly, Aurore Bergé, pleaded to the contrary of Franceinfo. The MP added:

“Referring to all the countries of the Gulf seems to me an absolute necessity, that does not mean that you forget the subjects (…) that are important in terms of values ​​and human rights, but you must be clear to continue a dialogue. . We also need to continue to have a deep dialogue with all the countries of the Gulf, and you must do this, including of course with the Saudi president. »

Complaint for complicity in torture and enforced disappearance

This visit of Mohammed Bin Salman, known as “MBS”, which comes after Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in December, does not mean that his concerns, linked to the case of Khashoggi, have ended. The proof of this is the complaint filed against him, Thursday morning, before the dean of judges investigating the court of Paris, for complicity in torture and enforced disappearance.

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The initiative came from two foreign NGOs that participated as civil parties: Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN); and Trial International, a Swiss organization that fights impunity for perpetrators of the most serious crimes. The Open Society Justice Initiative Foundation, which is committed to the protection of international law, joined the approach of the two NGOs.

This trip to France, however, marks the return of the crown prince, who welcomed President Joe Biden in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago, on the international scene: “MBS” is banned in Western countries , after the 2018 Saudi assassination. The journalist criticized Jamal Khashoggi at his country’s consulate in Istanbul. The crown prince has denied ordering the killing although he says he bears responsibility for it as a leader.

The context of the war in Ukraine and the rise in energy prices have also prompted Western countries to review their relations with Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of crude oil, which they are trying to convince to open the valve to relieve the markets.

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