Hatice Cengiz Calls On World Leaders to Boycott G20

G20 leaders are getting ready for a virtual summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this weekend. In anticipation, human rights organizations are calling for accountability for Jamal Khashoggi. His widow, Hatice Cengiz, famously waited for hours outside the consulate after he entered — and he never emerged. Now she is calling on world leaders to boycott the Saudi summit, as she explains to Christiane.

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CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Hatice, let me ask you. It’s just over two years since Jamal was so brutally murdered. I just want to know how you are doing and what you are feeling right now today.

HATICE CENGIZ, WIDOW OF JAMAL KHASHOGGI: I am feeling more hopeful, more powerful than before, and I’m doing well. And I keep remembering Jamal, and I speak out with world, around the world. I’m going to speak at the parliaments and the people who care this issue still.

AMANPOUR: Fantastic. Let me ask you about the film, then, because you took part in “The Dissident,” as it’s called, and just several months after the terrible murder. And there’s a scene where you are inside your apartment, the police have been there. All yours and Jamal’s stuff is all over the place.


CENGIZ (through translator): What happened here? These black marks?


AMANPOUR: I just want to know how this film and speaking out has helped you.

CENGIZ: You can’t imagine how difficult was it. But, at the same time, I am — look, Christiane, I was dreaming such a love and happiness that finally I found with Jamal. Then, suddenly, they took away from me — it was taken away from me, so that’s why it was a very, very difficult time. At the same time, it’s a very significant time in my life, because the film now talks about the story, and the film will make Jamal’s story and legacy alive. So, that’s why the truth mostly or always painful. So, and I decide to speak out, and then speak with the people. And then the world needs to understand what happened. I’m satisfied with that film. And then Bryan did very, very good job. And then we the whole people around him stayed with him, and then we helped him, and we helped Jamal — and it was a very, very, very good job with him.

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Hatice Cengiz; Bryan Fogel; Ronen Bergman; Patrice Cullors