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Policy Order
POR 2018 #99
ORDER ADOPTED
Apr 2, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Council go on record in opposition to the oppressive policies of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) and Saudi Arabia.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, QZSponsors:Councillor Quinton Zondervan
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), recently came to Cambridge in order to visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University as part of a national tour of the country; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

According to a press release from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the visit was focused on “nurturing ties between the private sector and academia of the two nations”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

MbS rose to power through incredibly undemocratic means which included the detainment of more than 200 princes, ministers, and businessmen as well as prominent scholars and critics; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

MbS is considered the architect of Saudi Arabia’s intervention in the Yemeni Civil War, which has resulted in one of the largest humanitarian crises on the entire planet; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Saudi Arabia is one of the most repressive regimes in the Middle East, particularly towards women and religious minorities, and while MbS has introduced some minor reforms (e.g. allowing women to drive), he has not shown any intentions to truly liberate the country; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Saudi Arabia continues to rely on selling oil as the basis for its economy, despite the clear and present danger of climate change to the entire planet, and uses the wealth it derives from oil sales to purchase weapons and wage war; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

MIT and Harvard University typically allow for more dialogue and discussion when controversial figures come to campus, yet MbS’s visit was shrouded in an unusual level of secrecy; now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record in opposition to the oppressive policies of MbS and Saudi Arabia; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record stating its disappointment at the manner in which the visit was handled by Harvard and MIT; and be it further


 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to the President of Harvard University, the President of MIT, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on behalf of the entire City Council. 

 

Meeting History

Apr 2, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED