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September 20, 2019

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 25: People take part in a candle light vigil to remember journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate on October 25, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and critic of the Saudi regime, went missing after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2. More than two weeks later Riyadh announced he had been killed accidentally during an altercation with Saudi consulate officials, however as investigations continue new information surfaced, pointing to a brutal and planned murder contradicting previous claims. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
October 2, 2019 marks one year since Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist who went into self-exile in the United States, entered into a Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain marriage documents, never to be seen again. Questions still remain about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and a credible, transparent investigation into the full truth about what happened to him, those responsible, how high their rank or status, or how they will be held to account has yet to materialize. 

On the one-year anniversary of Khashoggi’s killing, Amnesty International is continuing calls on the U.N. to investigate the matter and issue a report.

Planned Events Around the Commemoration 

WHAT: Justice for Jamal: the United States and Saudi Arabia One Year after the Khashoggi Murder

WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-11

50 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC

WHO: Philippe Nassif, advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) 

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) 

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) 

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MA) 

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) 

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) 

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) 

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) 

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) 

U.N. Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard 

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson

Activist Lina Al-Hathloul

Writer Colin Raunig

Justin Shilad, Committee to Protect Journalists 

Margaux Ewen, James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

Andrea Prasow, Human Rights Watch 

Karin Deutsch Karleker, PEN America 

Stephen McInerney, Project on Middle East Democracy

Monica Zuraw, Americans for Human Rights & Democracy in Bahrain

WHAT: Candlelight vigil marking the one-year anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

WHEN: October 2, 6:30 PM EST

WHERE: The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C

601 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

WHO: Philippe Nassif, advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA; Committee to Protect Journalists; Reporters Without Borders; PEN America; James W. Foley Legacy Foundation; National Press Club

CONTACT: Media interested in covering the events or arranging an interview can contact Mariya Parodi, [email protected]