Statement at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

Kara Eyrich
Advisor for Economic and Social Affairs
New York, New York
October 26, 2021


We welcome Mr. Tidball-Binz’s inaugural report.

We remain deeply concerned that impunity for extrajudicial killings and killings that are extraterritorial in nature continue to persist globally.

The United States has strongly condemned the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Threats and assaults by Saudi Arabia against peaceful activists, dissidents, and journalists residing abroad must end.

In Syria, we remain gravely concerned by reports of regime officials perpetrating violence against returning refugees. We support the UN’s conclusion that conditions are not safe enough for refugees to return.

We are deeply concerned by continued reports of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. The International Criminal Court’s authorization of an investigation underscores its gravity. We note efforts in the Philippines to improve accountability, which we will watch carefully.

We are deeply troubled by reports of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in Bangladesh and urge the government to thoroughly and transparently investigate and hold perpetrators accountable.

In Libya, GNA-aligned armed groups, LNA-aligned armed groups, and other nonstate actors committed arbitrary or unlawful killings. In Egypt, we are concerned by reports of security forces committing extrajudicial killings under the guise of counterterrorism or counter-narcotics campaigns.

Question: How can the international community deter extraterritorial killings against activists, dissidents, and journalists?