Below are key calendar dates in October related to Canada and the Middle East, especially Palestinian activism and resistance. Please email [email protected] if you would like to suggest other anniversaries or dates for our "On this day" commemorations.
October 2, 2018: Saudi Arabia murders journalist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi
On this day in 2018, journalist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi was assassinated by Saudi officials after walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi government who had been living in the US in self-exile since 2017. Saudi officials initially denied any knowledge of, or role in, Khashoggi’s death, but a UN report found that Saudi state agents had planned and carried it out as “premeditated extrajudicial execution,” and said there was credible evidence that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been involved. Saudi courts eventually sentenced eight people to prison terms for his death, but without discovering or prosecuting the high-level architects of the crime, leading Amnesty International to call it a “parody of justice.”
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