Cancel "Deliberate Famine" Saudi Prince's Visit to America

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We call for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the United States to be cancelled unless and until the government of Saudi Arabia has ended its bombardment of Yemen and has fully and permanently lifted its blockade of all of Yemen’s ports, including the crucial port of Hodeida, and has ceased arresting, imprisoning, and torturing women for exercising their right to speak.

A call to action signed by RootsAction, World Beyond War, CODEPINK, Action Corps NYC, New York Catholic Worker, New Jersey Peace Action, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and Just Foreign Policy is here.

On February 2, Al-Monitor reported: “Saudi Arabia is organizing Mohammed bin Salman’s first US visit since he became crown prince last year…The weekslong tour starting in early March, with possible stops in Washington, Boston, San Francisco, New York and Houston, aims to demonstrate that Riyadh is open for business… Each stop along the way is meant to build high-level links with America’s leading industries, from higher education at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology outside Boston to energy production in Houston. In New York, he is expected to address the possibility of listing state oil company Saudi Aramco on the New York Stock Exchange…. Mohammed aims to sign a deal with Google parent company Alphabet.” [1]

On February 6, Middle East Eye reported: “A controversial visit to London by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to be delayed, amid reports that officials in Riyadh are concerned over possible protests and unflattering media coverage of the powerful young royal… who is the chief architect of the ongoing Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen… the visit has been pushed back to 7 March after officials expressed unease over negative media coverage and the prospects of protests over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and role in the ongoing Yemen civil war.” [2] The Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen has created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy has accused the Saudi government of “deliberately trying to create a famine inside Yemen.” [3]

On February 8, Newsweek reported that while the Saudi Prince claims he is giving Saudi women more rights, arrests of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia are increasing, with harsher punishments, including torture. [4]

We call for the visit to be cancelled. If it is not cancelled, we call for protests at every venue. Join your organization to the call here.

References:
1. http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/02/mohammad-bin-salman-us-visit-economy-agenda.html
2. http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/revealed-saudi-crown-princes-uk-visit-delayed-over-protest-fears-1378043101
3. https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4670011/murphy-young-yemen-murphy-saudis-deliberately-create-famine-yemen
4. http://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-activist-detained-womens-rights-801459



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