(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/30/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the introduction of a bill in the U.S. Senate requiring a public report on the murder of Virginia resident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
Introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Jack Reed (D-RI), S. 3658 would require the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to submit an unclassified report to Congress detailing the identities of those who carried out, participated in, ordered, or were otherwise complicit in or responsible for the death of Khashoggi. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) also signed on as a cosponsor.
“The United States must remain the world’s voice for human rights. But right now, in the case of the brutal murder of journalist and American resident Jamal Khashoggi, this White House is attempting to cover up a murder,” said Senator Heinrich. “The American people deserve nothing less than the truth and transparency about any role the Saudi government played in this shameful act. That starts with ensuring the public hears directly from the intelligence community identifying who carried out or ordered Mr. Khashoggi’s death.”
Last week, President Trump released a statement falsely claiming “we may never know” who is responsible for the Oct. 2 gruesome murder of Khashoggi, contradicting the CIA’s conclusion that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing.
In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said:
“This bill is an important step toward achieving justice for Jamal Khashoggi and his family. The administration’s attempt to sweep a gross human rights violation under the rug is unacceptable. Congress must send a strong message that the truth will not be ignored or forgotten. We must determine who is behind this murder and they must be held accountable.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.