Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton has signed on with Democracy in the Arab World Now (DAWN) to promote human rights and justice for all, according to the DC-based firm’s federal filing.
The effort is on behalf of Hatice Cengiz, the 39-year-old fiancée of 59-year-old Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident and Washington Post contributor who was murdered Oct 2 by Saudi Arabia’s agents in the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
Khashoggi had traveled to the office in Istanbul to secure divorce papers that were needed to marry the Turkish Cengiz.
Robert Harmala handles the DAWN lobbying campaign that KTS describes as the “continuance of Jamal Khashoggi’s work in human/civil rights advancing democracy in the Middle East.”
In the aftermath of Khashoggi’s torture, murder and dismemberment, Cengiz has actively campaigned to bring his murderers to justice.
She wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on Nov. 2 that called for the US to lead the way.
“The country was founded on the ideals of liberty and justice for all, the First Amendment enshrining the ideals personified by Jamal,” she wrote.
Cengiz faulted the Trump White House for taking a “position that is devoid of moral foundation.”
She criticized those who view Khashoggi’s murder through a “cynical prism of self-interest,” making statements “framed by fear and cowardice” and “the fear of upsetting deals or economic ties.”
Though some in DC hope Khashoggi’s killing is a matter that “will be forgotten with simple delaying tactics," Cengiz vowed to continue pushing the Trump administration to find justice for Khashoggi.
“There will be no coverup,” she wrote.