Judge Jamal Khashoggi


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It is commendable that the Biden administration has declassified four pages of secrets analysis This confirms the role of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the killing of “Washington Post” reporter Jamal Khashoggi. After a terrorist crime is committed, the truth must be established. However, I agree that despite the reported findings, the government has not imposed sanctions on the crown prince named MBS and has been angry.

In the spring of 2018, MBS Visited The United States has reshaped the image of the kingdom. MBS, who is also the British Minister of Defence, met with leaders of both sides, former presidents, investors, celebrities and executives from major industries during a national tour. In most cases, only a few people challenged MBS because he rewrote history regardless of human rights and other issues, suppressing the country’s vicious bombing campaign in Yemen and dissent against activists and writers.

Sanctions are not absolute rules of accountability. In fact, the human rights community has long used sanctions as a means of seeking help, which is often counterproductive. But when people like MBS have connections with powerful people, sanctions make more sense. The temporary drop in attendance at the Desert Investment Forum for the country’s so-called Davos will not prevent the crown prince, who manages the country’s day-to-day affairs, from obtaining further weapons contracts.

The government should not boycott Davos in the desert, but should invoke the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, under which the US Treasury Department has sanctioned 17 Saudi Arabian officials in response to their murder in Khashoggi The role of. In addition to prohibiting entry, the sanctions will also freeze MBS’s financial assets within the jurisdiction of the United States and prohibit transactions with its entities.

Imposing sanctions should be the minimum response, because financial penalties alone cannot prevent MBS from pursuing further crimes. The rule of law relies on clearly defined accountability mechanisms. We must also recognize that accountability can provide diplomatic opportunities for solving long-term problems.

Moving forward, the United States should be committed to supporting civil society in Saudi Arabia. Taking a tough stance on accountability will require the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to prove that, in fact, the United States should cooperate with them in certain areas. For example, both countries hope to solve environmental problems by helping the kingdom achieve economic diversification.

Many people pointed out that Khashoggi and his family have ties to the Saudi monarchy. However, over the years, Khashoggi has balanced his complex role as a representative of the monarchy while expressing his desire for greater monarchical reform. Policymakers should carefully remember that it was Khashoggi’s independent thinking that made him a target. Despite geopolitical issues, in the Khashoggi case, we must use our power and influence to seek justice.



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