(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/6/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the introduction of a Senate Resolution holding Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman accountable for the murder of Virginia resident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. #JusticeforJamal
The bipartisan resolution finds that the Crown Prince was in control of the security forces at the time of Khashoggi’s murder, expresses a “high level of confidence” that he was complicit in the murder and urges the U.S. government to hold all parties, including bin Salman, accountable. It also calls on Saudi Arabia to negotiate an end to the war in Yemen, restore diplomatic relations with Qatar and release Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.
Introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Todd Young (R-IN), and Chris Coons (D-DE), the resolution comes just a day after an hourlong classified briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Khashoggi’s death.
“I believe it’s vitally important to U.S. national security interests to make a definitive statement about the brutal murder of an American resident – Mr. Khashoggi – who has three American citizen children,” said Senator Graham. “This resolution – without equivocation – definitively states that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi and has been a wrecking ball to the region jeopardizing our national security interests on multiple fronts. It will be up to Saudi Arabia as to how to deal with this matter. But it is up to the United States to firmly stand for who we are and what we believe.”
“We welcome Congress’s firm stance on this brutal murder and their willingness to stand up to the Trump administration and assert the truth,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “There will be no justice for Jamal until all those responsible for his murder are held accountable and all political prisoners are released.”
Awad called on the government to take even stronger action to than that advocated in the Senate resolution.
The resolution, along with Senate bill S. 3658 introduced last week requiring the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on Khashoggi’s death to Congress, marks a sharp divide between Congress and the Trump administration. In November, President Trump released a statement falsely claiming “we may never know” who is responsible for the Oct. 2 gruesome murder of the journalist.
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.