Pelosi Statement on Sentencing of Abdulrahman Al-Sadhan
San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Saudi humanitarian aid worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan was sentenced by the Kingdom to twenty years in prison followed by a twenty-year travel ban for engaging in peaceful dissent anonymously on Twitter. Al-Sadhan’s family are San Francisco residents:
“The brutal sentencing of humanitarian aid worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, which follows his years-long disappearance and imprisonment without trial, is a grave and appalling injustice. This act continues Saudi Arabia’s profoundly disturbing assault on the freedom of expression and its pattern of human rights abuses, which must be condemned by all freedom-loving people worldwide.
“This action, together with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence report on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, accelerates the need for the United States government to re-evaluate and recalibrate the relationship with Saudi Arabia. Congress stands with President Biden as we work to elevate the role of human rights in our relationship and hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its abuses, including with Global Magnitsky sanctions and visa denials for human rights abusers.
“Congress will continue to monitor this case closely throughout any appeals process, as well as any other human rights abuse in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh needs to know that the world is watching its disturbing actions and that we will hold it accountable.”