Investigation and sanctions following the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Letter to HR/VP Mogherini

Marietje Schaake will tomorrow send the following letter calling for an independent investigation and sanction in the case of Jamal Khashoggi to High Representative Federica Mogherini. Signatures are added on a rolling basis.


Dear High Representative, 

We are writing to express our concern about the disappearance of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi after entering the consulate of Saudi Arabia on October 2nd. 

While an official investigation by Turkish authorities into the case is ongoing, allegations that CCTV footage was removed from the consulate, that all Turkish staff was ordered to take a day off and that fifteen Saudi individuals arrived and left Istanbul on two chartered planes on October 2nd are extremely worrying. 

At a time in which journalists, writers and bloggers increasingly find themselves under threat it is essential that those responsible for Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance are held to account. To this end, we fully support the call for an independent international investigation as issued by United Nations’ experts yesterday. We implore you to do the same and to in the meantime offer support and technical assistance to the Turkish authorities in their investigation. 

The European Union can and must not remain silent in the face of Saudi Arabia's politics of intimidation and the human rights violations that continue to be committed under the leadership of Mohammed bin Salman both within and outside Saudi Arabia. If the disappearance and possible murder of Mr Khashoggi is attributed to Saudi agents, both state entities and individuals must be held to account and followed by a strong, unified EU response. We therefore call upon you to stand ready to impose targeted sanctions against Saudi individuals as well as economic sanctions against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Sincerely yours, 

  • Marietje Schaake
  • Guy Verhofstadt
  • Liliana Rodrigues
  • Nessa Childers
  • Marie-Pierre Vie
  • Sophie in 't Veld
  • Molly Scott Cato
  • Pavel Telicka
  • Charles Goerens
  • Ivo Vajgl
  • Petras Austrevicius
  • Ana Gomes
  • Jozo Rados
  • Tania Gonzalez Penas
  • Izaskun Bilbao Barandica
  • Julie Ward
  • Beatriz Becerra
  • Klaus Buchner
  • Jordi Sole
  • Miltos Kyrkos
  • Patrick le Hyaric
  • Patricia Lalonde
  • Ana Miranda
  • Lynn Boylan
  •  Matt Carthy
  •  Martina Anderson
  • Liadh Ní Riada
  • Matthijs van Miltenburg
  • Eva Kailli
  • Pascal Durand
  • Alyn Smith
  • Karima Delli
  • Bas Belder
  • Sofia Sakorava
  • Fabio Castaldo
  • Heidi Hautala
  • Bodil Valero
  • Antonio Marinho e Pinto
  • Barbara Lochbihler
  • Morten Petersen
  • Martin Hausling
  • Eva Joly
  • Miapetra Kumpula-Natri
  • Mark Demesmaeker
  • Neena Gill
  • Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy
  • Fredrick Federley