Human Rights Watch on Monday has called on Argentina to use a war crimes clause in its constitution to investigate the role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his crimes against humanity in Yemen and the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Argentine Constitution recognizes the universal jurisdiction of war crimes and torture. This means that judicial authorities can investigate and prosecute such crimes no matter where they were committed.
Human Rights Watch reported that it sent its application to federal judge Ariel Lijo and neither Lijo’s office nor the office of Argentina’s public prosecutor responded to requests for comment.
Sarah Leah Whitson, director of the Middle East and North Africa Division said that that the organization made the request to Argentina because Bin Salman will attend the opening of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires this week.