Letter From Corker, Other Senators Triggers Global Investigation Into Disappearance Of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, Senators Bob Corker and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, on Wednesday triggered an investigation and Global Magnitsky sanctions determination regarding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post. Mr. Khashoggi has not been heard from since he entered a Saudi consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday afternoon.

The letter was also signed by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fl.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Barrasso (R-Wy.), Chris Murphy (D-Ct.), Jeff Flake (R-Az.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Cory Gardner (R-Co.), Ed Markey (D-Ma.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Jeff Merkley (D-Or.), Todd Young (R-In.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ron Johnson (R-Wi.), Chris Coons (D-De.), Jim Risch (R-Id.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M).

Text of the letter is included below.

"Dear Mr. President:

"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.

"The recent disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights, which includes “torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention without charges and trial, causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction and clandestine detention of those persons, and other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, or the security of person.” Therefore, we request that you make a determination on the imposition of sanctions pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act with respect to any foreign person responsible for such a violation related to Mr. Khashoggi. Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia."

Under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, the president, upon receipt of a letter from the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, must make a determination and is authorized to impose sanctions with respect to a foreign person responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights violations against individuals who seek to obtain, exercise, defend, or promote human rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression.


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