Washington,Sep 26 : On the first anniversary of the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Senator Bob Menendez said that the Saudis should have known that brazenly murdering an American resident and journalist would trigger a fundamental reexamination of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.
“But the refusal of President Trump to hold those responsible for Khashoggi’s death accountable including Saudi Crown Prince Mohamad bin Salman have turned this crime into an assault on fundamental American values like freedom of the press, democracy, and the rule of law. The moral leadership we expect from every American President,” he said.
“I have turned was nowhere to be found.And so, as a co-equal branch of government,the United States Congress acted.The world will not forget Jamal Khashoggi. I truly believe that his dream will one day be realized: Freedom of speech and expression and respect for human rights will flourish in Saudi Arabia,” he said.
He said that Congress will continue to demand accountability to press for justice, and to defend our greatest American values.
But we can’t forget, nearly a year after his brutal murder, we’re still seeking #JusticeforJamal Khashoggi.
Many here are engaged in vital work to protect Americans working abroad, including to report the news. He is a co-sponsor of the Levinson Act, a draft bill to compel the US government to seek the return of Americana held hostage & unjustly detained abroad.
Senator Menendez said,”we must not forget Americans Dr. Walid Fitaihi unjustly detained in Saudi Arabia, the loss of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and that journalist Austin Tice remains missing in Syria since 2012.”
PEN America will take part in a series of events calling for a full investigation into his killing and for the Congress to pass legislation to ensure accountability for human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. That anniversary comes as Saudi women’s rights activist and 2019 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write honoree Loujain Al-Hathloul marks her 500th day in a Saudi prison on Friday, September 27.