Connolly Reintroduces the Protection of Saudi Dissidents Act
Legislation to Hold Saudi Kingdom Accountable for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Washington, February 26, 2021
Tags: Foreign Policy
Today, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA), President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, reintroduced the Protection of Saudi Dissidents Act. The legislation would hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and Connolly’s constituent, and impose a cost to Saudi Arabia for continuing to engage in such acts of intimidation and violence going forward. The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Protection of Saudi Dissidents Act last fall.
“For too long the Trump administration was willing to turn a blind eye in order to protect its relationships with the Crown Prince over and above basic American values and Jamal’s life itself,” said Connolly. “Justice for Jamal demands a complete re-evaluation of the U.S. relationship with the Kingdom. The Protection of Saudi Dissidents Act will do that.”
The Protection of Saudi Dissidents Act would:
This legislation is endorsed by the ALQST for Human Rights, Center for International Policy, CODEPINK, Committee to Protect Journalists, Democracy for the Arab World Now, Freedom Forward, Freedom House, Freedom Initiative, Freedom Now, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, Kawaakibi Foundation, MENA Rights Group, PEN America, Project on Middle East Democracy, Reporters Without Borders, and the Saudi American Justice Project.
Connolly is also an original sponsor of a resolution offered by Rep. Trone calling for the cessation of all arms transfers to Saudi until certain conditions are met. That legislation will be introduced today.