1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State:
"Now every year since 1977 the State Department has through this report put the world on notice that we'll expose violation of human rights wherever they occur. We have told those who disgrace the concept of human dignity they will pay a price. That their abuses will be meticulously documented and then publicized. By articulating abuses and pressuring noncompliant regimes. We can effect change. We've certainly seen that."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State:
"Even some of our friends allies and partners around the world have human rights violations. We document those reports with equal force. Our aim, our aim is always to identify human rights challenges and use American influence and power to move every nation towards a better more consistent human rights practices."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Michael Kozak, State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor's
"I think with respect to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the U.S. has been very clear. This was a horrendous horrific act that the people responsible regardless of their level should be held to account, should be brought to justice. The, as a result of diplomatic contacts the Saudi government, I think is as reflected in the report. The king has said that that is their policy to bring to do a proper investigation and bring to account those who are who are responsible for the for the killing."
The U.S. is using an annual report on human rights abuses around the world to call out ally Saudi Arabia over the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
However, in presenting the report Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not mention Saudi Arabia in his remarks but did say the U.S. "will expose violations of human rights wherever they occur."
The State Department annual global human rights report said The Washington Post columnist was killed by agents of the kingdom while he was inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. But it drew no conclusion as to who was responsible, despite the belief of intelligence agencies and lawmakers that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder.
The report noted Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecutor's Office has indicted 11 suspects and said 10 people were under investigation but has not released more information.
"At year's end the PPO had not named the suspects nor the roles allegedly played by them in the killing, nor had they provided a detailed explanation of the direction and progress of the investigation," it said.
The report added that the murder was one of several cases in which "the government or its agents engaged in arbitrary or unlawful killings,"
The report said a range of other human rights abuses have taken place in Saudi Arabia, including the arrest of at least 20 prominent women's rights activists, executions for nonviolent offenses, forced disappearances and torture of prisoners.
It also highlighted issues related to the Saudi military operation in Yemen, saying that airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Iranian-backed rebels "resulted in civilian casualties and damage to infrastructure on a number of occasions."
The report notes some gains in the monarchy, including that women were allowed to vote and run as candidates in municipal elections for the first time.
Khashoggi had been living in Virginia in self-imposed exile as he wrote columns critical of the Saudi government under the crown prince, the de factor leader.
Also cited in the report are abuses in a number of familiar U.S. adversaries like China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Myanmar and Russia, all of which were noted for major violations, including forced disappearances, torture, arbitrary killings and arrests and political prosecutions.
Pompeo said China "is in a league of its own when it comes to human rights abuses," citing mass detentions of hundreds of thousands of Muslims and ethnic Kazakhs as well as repression of Tibetans, Christians and other religious minorities.