Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware; Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina; Dianne Feinstein, D-California; Marco Rubio, R-Florida; Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts; and Todd Young, R-Indiana, recently introduced a Senate Resolution that holds Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman accountable for contributing to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the blockade of Qatar, the jailing of political dissidents within Saudi Arabia, the use of force to intimidate rivals and the “abhorrent and unjustified” killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“The U.S. Senate should speak in a clear, bipartisan voice to say that we will not tolerate the kinds of egregious human rights violations we’ve seen from Saudi leadership and, in particular, from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” said Coons. “The world has long looked to the United States to lead on human rights, and this is an important moment to show that we will not compromise our core values.”
The Graham-Feinstein-Rubio-Markey-Young-Coons Resolution:
— Condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
— Finds that as crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman was in control of the security forces at the time of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
— Based on evidence and analysis made available to this institution, the Senate has a high level of confidence that Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
— Urges the U.S. government and the international community to hold all parties, including Mohammed bin Salman, involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi accountable.
— Calls on the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to negotiate directly with representatives of the Houthi movement in order to end the war in Yemen, agree on a political resolution, reverse the humanitarian crisis and refocus efforts on defeating al Qaeda and ISIS in Yemen.
— Calls on the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to negotiate a political solution to its dispute with Qatar expeditiously and in a way that restores diplomatic relations with Qatar.
— Urges the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to immediately release Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, the Saudi women’s rights activists, and other detained political prisoners.