Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi murder, Tunisia battles with homophobia
October 2 marked two years since the gruesome murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A royal insider turned dissident, Khashoggi was lured into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to handle marriage paperwork before he was killed within minutes and his body was dismembered. The CIA and Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, found “credible evidence” tying the crown prince and other senior Saudi officials to the killing.
Since the outrage over the journalist's killing, Saudi Arabia's human rights record has only worsened, and Riyadh is still welcomed on the world stage and set to host the upcoming G20 summit in November.
Tune in to hear from Ines Osman, Director at MENA Rights Group, and Research Director for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at DAWN, Abdullah Alaoudh.
Then we move onto Tunisia, where the gay community is under threat once more. Beauty influencer, Lady Samara, changed the tone of her Instagram live-streams when she started denouncing homosexuality. This sparked international outrage, which concluded in a rallying of activists and rights groups against hate speech online.
Tune in to hear from Rasha Younes, LGBT Rights Researcher at Human Rights Watch, and Rania, one of the members of Mawjoudine - one of Tunisia's only LGBT organisations.
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