(WASHINGTON, DC – 1/28/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed President Biden’s decision to pause and review the previous administration’s multi-billion-dollar arms sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and called on the Biden administration to completely cancel the “corrupt and dangerous” sale.
CAIR also called on the Biden Administration to fully end all military and political support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.
CAIR opposes the sale of any arms to both UAE and Saudi Arabia, which have committed war crimes in Yemen while bolstering corrupt dictators and suppressing peaceful democrats across the Middle East in recent years. The UAE has also smeared American Muslim advocacy organizations for speaking out against human rights abuses in the region.
Following the brutal October 2018 murder of U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the CIA leaked an internal report concluding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the assassination.
Last month, CAIR joined other human rights groups and members of congress in opposing the U.S.-UAE arms deal, which occurred as part of the “normalization” deal negotiated between the Israeli and UAE government by the Trump Administration.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“CAIR welcomes President Biden’s decision to pause the corrupt and dangerous sale of deadly military equipment to the UAE, a monarchy which has committed war crimes in Yemen while bolstering dictators and suppressing democrats in the Arab world. We call on the Biden-Harris administration to take the next logical and moral step of pausing arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
“The UAE has also smeared American citizens who dare to speak up against such human rights abuses.
” Saudi Arabia’s murder of U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul still remains unanswered by the United States.
“Our government should not sell a dollar’s worth of weapons to the UAE and Saudia Arabia, much less billions of advanced and deadly weaponry.”
CAIR has previously called on the government to stop supporting other foreign governments that use American military to violate human rights, including Burma, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and India.
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 mision de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensian del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com