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Indiana Senator Young presses Trump on Khashoggi murder

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., has issued a statement on the Trump Administration’s non-compliance with the Global Magnitsky Act relating to the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as with a federal law requiring the Secretary of State to certify efforts by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to mitigate the humanitarian disaster in Yemen:

“While I appreciate that 17 Saudi officials have been sanctioned, I strongly urge the Administration to fully meet the requirements and deadlines set forth in both the Global Magnitsky Act in relation to the murder of Khashoggi and the National Defense Authorization Act’s unambiguous requirement to certify Saudi and UAE efforts to bring the civil war in Yemen to an end and alleviate the humanitarian crisis,” Young said in a statement released on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, Young joined members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to request a classified briefing from the Administration on the status of Magnitsky determinations with respect to any foreign person responsible for the Khashoggi murder, including findings related to the involvement of the highest officials in Saudi Arabia.

Young previously joined in a letter to President Trump regarding Khashoggi’s murder. “The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requires the President, upon receipt of a request from the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for an extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violation of internationally recognized human rights against an individual exercising freedom of expression, and report to the Committee within 120 days with a determination and a decision on the imposition of sanctions on that foreign person or persons,” that letter stated.



Posted 2/15/2019




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