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By Dan De Luce
WASHINGTON – Saudi Arabia shows no sign of easing up on its crackdown against dissent and the trump administration remains reluctant to punish the kingdom over its alleged abuses, including the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, former US officials, foreign diplomats and human rights groups told NBC News.
Mike Pompeo's visit to Riyadh on Sunday, the trump administration, expressed his concern for the kingdom's role in the region and issued no warnings of any
Pompeo met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Palace for about 45 minutes on Monday included officials.
In a speech Thursday in Cairo, Pompeo spoke of restoring US human rights or referral to the killing of Khashoggi. Salman ordered his murder.
Pompeo's failure to address human rights with a decade-long American diplomatic tradition and a chance to deliver a tough message Washington would not turn a blind eye to the trampling of civil liberties in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in the Middle East.
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Before arriving in Riyadh, the secretary of state said Sunday the U.S. Khashoggi's murder.
"We want to continue to talk about that and make sure we have all the facts so that they are held accountable by the Saudi as well as the United States appropriate, "Pompeo said in Doha.
Bin Salman has denied any role in the death and Saudi authorities have put 11 suspects on trial for the killing.
But the US government believes the crown prince remains in communication with Saud al-Qahtani, an adviser to bin Salman who is the CIA suspects organized the Assassination of Khashoggi. The Washington Post first reported the two were in contact. Qahtani was killing.
Long before Khashoggi was killed by government agents in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, the kingdom launches a sweeping crackdown on all forms of political criticism, targeting activists, women's rights advocates, academics and celebrity clerics, according to human rights groups and former U.S. Pat. officials.
Even in a country with a dismal human rights record, the government's clampdown in recent years has marked a plunge into repression, with dozens – possibly hundreds – imprisoned and tortured for actions the past, according to human rights groups and former US officials.
"Saudi Arabia has always been a great violator of human rights, but the level of repression under Mohammed bin Salman and the reach of the kingdom's security services and their willingness to follow "Said Philippe Nassif of Amnesty International."
The crown prince, or MBS, has come to the conclusion of Salman in the kingdom's leadership, culminating with his elder father, King Salman, naming him crown prince in June 2017. has portrayed himself as a visionary reformer but he has shown intolerance for criticism or independent-minded public figures. His adviser, Qahtani, who oversaw a cyber security office, so played a pivotal role in the repression, rights groups and officials say.
The long list of political prisoners currently underway includes a group of women's activists. June 2005.
Four of them have been committed to torture, sexual harassment and sexual assault, according to Human Rights Watch and other rights advocates Anonymous for fear of reprisal.
Human Rights Watch said:
Following the interrogations, the women allegedly exhibited physical signs of torture, including difficulty walking, uncontrolled shaking of
Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations. But Saudi officials initially denied Khashoggi had been killed in the consulate in Istanbul.
An independent Saudi group that monitors human rights in Saudi Arabia, ALQST, reported that two of the detained female activists saw the Crown Prince's longtime adviser, Qahtani,
The imprisoned female activists include Samar Badawi, who is campaigning for women's voting rights and enduring male guardianship laws getting a passport or getting married. In 2012, the State Department gave her the U.S. International Women of Courage Award, which was then presented by Michelle Michelle and Hillary Clinton.
Even the mother of the Saudi crown prince has had her hands restricted at times, current and former. NBC News told officials earlier this year. The official said told MBS has often blocked her from being seen and arrested for his arrest for a period.
Saudi Arabia's official discrimination against women surpasses that of other conservative Islamic countries in the Gulf, rights advocates say, and recent cases of young Saudi women seeking asylum abroad have been exposed their plight.
Eighteen-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun has been deported herself to her room in Bangkok this month to avoid being deported. She appealed for asylum on Twitter, saying she was fleeing abuse by her family.
The U.N. High Commissioner of Refugees took her asylum, with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Saturday, introducing her as "a very brave new Canadian."
Although Saudi Arabia has never allowed anything approaching freedom of expression, under the crown prince's influence, the space for permissible public debate has come under unprecedented pressure. Saudi Authorities are now requesting the death penalty
Salman al-Awda, a cleric with a large following, what allegedly punished because he failed to follow order from Saudi authorities to the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, his relative told rights organizations. Instead, he said, "Dissent today is not about voicing your opposition to policies or opposition to the regime."
Yasmine Farouk, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
A Saudi group that tries to track political prisoners, Prisoners of Conscience,
Saudi Arabia's embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.
Apart from imposing sanctions on 17 individuals over the Khashoggi murder, President Donald Trump has signaled no plans to review the US alliance with Riyadh, suspend any arms or any more punitive measures. Instead, the president has dismissed the importance of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, citing its purchases of U.S. military hardware, its oil riches and its strong opposition to Iran.
Shaper U.S. officials and regional experts say failing to put Saudi Arabia on notice could end up backfiring badly, and produce yet more violent extremism. By choking off any avenue for peaceful dissent, the Saudi regime could incubate future terrorists, who also seeks to target the Saudi royal family and its patrons in Washington, Farouk.
But the Khashoggi killing, along with Saudi Arabia's disastrous military Campaign in Yemen, has been declared by both Republican and Democrats in Congress that could have long-term consequences for the kingdom. Saudi Arabia, impose mandatory sanctions for those in charge of Khashoggi's death and require a government report on perpetrators of war crimes in Yemen.
Sen. Pompey handles his visit to Riyadh.
"I sincerely hope he refuses to." Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Congress is committed to holding the bill "Almost all of us are talking about the critical issues," Menendez told NBC News. Dan De Luce
Courtney Kube contributed.