Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance fits in to a growing trend we must fight | Simon Tisdall

Photo of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance fits in to a growing trend we must fight | Simon Tisdall
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State-directed kidnappings, abductions and killings are on the rise – having a quiet word with the perpetrators will not suffice

The disappearance, and possible murder, of Jamal Khashoggi, a high-profile critic of the Saudi regime, is the latest, disturbing addition to the rising toll of state-directed, extra-territorial kidnappings, abductions and killings around the world. So here’s the question: why do more and more governments think they can get away with murder, figuratively if not literally?

Lack of respect for international law is one quick answer. Leaders who wax passionate about defending their national borders appear only too ready to violate those of others. Rarely have the basic rules governing relations between states been so wilfully, blatantly and frequently disregarded. It’s a problem that should concern everybody – because everybody is at risk.

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