Monday, October 5, 2020

Khashoggi's Think Tank Launches

Here is more from Foreign Lobby Report:

The brainchild of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi became a reality today, joining a growing chorus of human rights groups advocating for a rethink of US ties to Arab autocracies.

Friends and former colleagues of the late Washington Post columnist formally launched Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) almost two years to the day since his Oct. 2 killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The group’s executive director, Sarah Leah Whitson, described the nonprofit as a “hybrid organization” combining human rights research and advocacy, think tank analysis and a publishing platform for exiled voices from the region during a livestreamed launch event.

The organization is funded by friends of Khashoggi and “foundations,” Whitson said, and does not take government money.

Here is a Washington Post piece on the launch of DAWN.