Finding good news for human rights after Khashoggi

Markus Scholz, Craig Smith

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We look in horror at the unfolding story of journalist Jamal Khashoggi -- not just his gruesome murder, finally admitted to by the Saudi government, but also the shameful response by many world leaders. While some politicians, others are, at best, more circumspect. The UK government has the situation "under review," while Pres Trump, the leader of the most powerful country in the world -- surely the person most able to stand up for human rights -- has abdicated all moral authority as he clings to any semblance of cover for the Saudis and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in order to protect a US trade deal. No surprise, then, that many business leaders feel they can lie low and, if pressed, assert that business interests trump human rights. For all its tragedy, the murder of Khashoggi provides a rare opportunity for company senior management and board members to stand up courageously and effectively for the protection of human rights in Saudi Arabia -- and elsewhere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalMIT Sloan Management Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2018


  • Corporate Values
  • Ethics
  • Global Leadership
  • Human Rights
  • Journalists
  • Murder
  • Murder attempts
  • international relations
  • upper management


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