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Take Action Call for Transparency and Protection of Activists in Saudi Arabia!

Since May 2018, at least 15 activists -- including several women human rights defenders -- have been detained without charges in Saudi Arabia. On 19 May, the Saudi Press Agency reported that seven individuals have been arrested for their “suspicious contact with foreign entities”, “recruiting people working in sensitive government positions” and “providing financial support to hostile entities abroad with the aim of undermining the security and stability of the Kingdom and shaking the country’s social fabric”. Amongst those targeted are prominent women human rights defenders Loujain al-Hathloul, Iman al-Nafjan, and Aziza al-Yousef

This action is one of many actions the Saudi Government has taken against journalists and others who have spoken out against the Saudi government. The most high-profile action being the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

United States and international officials have concluded that senior members of the Saudi royal family were complicit in ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. However, the administration has not been willing to make a determination of complicity under the Global Magnitsky Act, as required by Congress.

H.R. 2037 requires the Director of National Intelligence to provide Congress a list of individuals determined to be responsible for the crime and permanently deny their entry to the United States.

The bill provides for a revocation of the visa ban if Saudi Arabia meets several human rights conditions, including the release of unjustly detained journalists and civil society activists, the repeal of restrictions on travel by women, and full cooperation with international investigations into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

HR 2037 demands transparency around the killing of Khashoggi and an investigation into Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. This bill serves an important step towards ensuring freedom of speech in the kingdom.

In 2012, The General Assembly of the PC(USA) passed a resolution caling for protection of civil rights across the Middle East and honoring the contributions of women to these causes.


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