Representative Malinowski Defends Human Rights In Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

September 23, 2021
Press Release

(Washington DC) Today, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); providing a salary increase for our troops and strengthening America’s defenses around the world. The bipartisan legislation includes eleven provisions led by Representative Malinowski focused on holding our adversaries accountable for human rights abuses and combating digital surveillance by criminals and repressive governments. 

Provisions led by Representative Malinowski include:

  • Imposing sanctions on those listed in the report of the Director of National Intelligence, including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi;
  • Requiring the President to submit a determination on sanctions for the 35 top Russian corrupt officials named by Aleksei Navalny who help prop up Putin’s abusive regime and shadow wars around the world;
  • Requiring an annual report to Congress by the State Department on foreign companies proliferating dangerous cyber-weapons and hacking capabilities to governments that use them against Americans, journalists, and political opponents;
  • Elevating the human rights crisis in Egypt by requiring a review by the State Department of extrajudicial killings and torture by Egyptian security forces as well as a determination on the Egyptian government’s harassment of Americans and their families in Egypt;
  • Mitigating the crisis in Libya by cracking down on the illegal provision of weapons by foreign countries and deterring war crimes and torture by an American citizen warlord in Libya;
  • Prohibiting federal agencies from encouraging the weakening of encryption or insertion of software “backdoors” in Americans’ phones, computers, and devices; and
  • Requiring the administration to make a determination on whether genocide or crimes against humanity have occurred in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

“This year’s NDAA solidifies America's global leadership and sends a clear message that America will not stand with those who repress their people and violate basic human rights,” said Representative Malinowski. “I am proud to lead the fight in strengthening national security at home and abroad, and I look forward to seeing this bill pass through the Senate in a bipartisan manner.”