WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led 18 colleagues in introducing the Taliban Sanctions Act, legislation to hold the Taliban accountable with sanctions for terrorism, human rights abuses, drug trafficking, and more. Joining Risch in introduction are Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Todd Young (R-Ind.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
“Since the fall of Kabul in 2021, the Taliban has repressed Afghanistan’s women, minorities, and youth, diverted aid from Afghans in desperate need, taken hostages to achieve political gain, and allowed Afghanistan to once again become a safe-haven for terrorists. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration’s response has failed to curtail Taliban abuses,” said Risch. “We cannot simply scold the Taliban and expect it to change conduct. With the U.S. withdrawal and Taliban’s ascent to power, Afghanistan has become a pariah state and our policies should reflect this reality. As the Taliban attempts to be recognized as a legitimate government at the United Nations, I’m proud to introduce legislation that underscores the status quo is unacceptable and imposes real penalties for the Taliban’s conduct. I hope the committee will move this bill quickly.”
The Taliban Sanctions Act includes:
The Taliban Sanctions Act establishes clear benchmarks for the suspension of sanctions against the Taliban, to include demanding the Taliban:
Full text of the legislation can be found here.