Senators Introduce Resolution To Condemn Terrorist Attacks In France

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – In wake of the tragic terrorist attacks in France last week, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), and a group of bipartisan Senators in introduced a bipartisan resolution to condemn the attacks at the offices of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. The resolution also expresses condolences to the families of the victims and solidarity with the people of France, and it reaffirms the universal right of freedom of expression.

“The United States stands in solemn solidarity with our friends and allies in France and condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly terrorist attacks that took place in and around Paris. Our resolution honors the lives of those lost and reaffirms the Senate’s outrage against the atrocities and violence we witnessed last week. Now is the time for the international community to come together against acts of terror and support our allies as they bring the perpetrators of such violence to justice,” said the Senators.

Tom Udall (D-NM), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA.), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Cory Gardner (R-CO.), and David Perdue (R-GA) also joined in introducing the Senate resolution.

The full text of the resolution is below:                                           

Condemning the terrorist attacks in Paris, offering condolences to the families of the victims, expressing solidarity with the people of the Republic of France, and reaffirming fundamental freedom of expression.

Whereas, on January 7, 2015, armed gunmen violently attacked the offices of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people and injuring at least 11 others;

Whereas, on January 9, 2015, two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo attack were killed after taking hostages in a printing firm and firing at police;

Whereas, on January 9, 2015, another gunman perpetrated an anti-Semitic attack on Hyper Cacher, a kosher supermarket, killing four of 19 hostages before French police stormed the building and rescued the surviving hostages;

Whereas President of the Republic of France Francois Hollande condemned these events as a terrorist attack on the French Republic as a whole and called for a day of national mourning to honor the lives of the courageous political cartoonists, columnists, police officers, and others who were killed and injured;

Whereas the Republic of France is America’s oldest ally, and the people of the United States owe France an eternal debt of gratitude for our independence and freedom;

Whereas the people and Governments of the Republic of France and the United States have stood shoulder to shoulder throughout history to defend our shared democratic ideals and values;

Whereas the people of the Republic of France have always expressed solidarity with the people of the United States, including following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which claimed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians in the United States;

Whereas United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, together with the President of the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council, has expressed outrage over these cold-blooded and unjustifiable terrorist attacks in Paris;

Whereas the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, holds that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”;

Whereas the show of solidarity from hundreds of thousands of people in the Republic of France, the United States, and worldwide under the banner “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) makes known that the international community of nations stands together to reaffirm freedom of expression and to denounce terrorism;

Whereas Muslim majority nations around the world, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia, Morocco, Iran, Lebanon, Indonesia, Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, and Qatar, and leading institutions such as the Arab League, Egypt’s al-Azhar university and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation have all condemned and rejected these terrorist attacks as contrary to the Islamic faith;

Whereas, on Sunday, January 11th, 2015, more than 40 world leaders and 1,000,000 people gathered to march in Paris honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks;

Whereas the outpouring of support from people around the world reveals that an attack on the free press in the Republic of France is an attack on human liberties; and

Whereas the people and Government of the United States stand in solidarity with our French allies and renew our common support for democracy and freedom, including freedom of the press and freedom of religion: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) condemns the terrorist attacks and cowardly murders at the offices of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo and kosher market Hyper Cacher in Paris;

(2) expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of these attacks and to the Republic of France;

(3) expresses our solidarity with the people of the Republic of France and pays tribute to our shared values, ideals, and liberties, including the freedom of thought and expression and freedom of the press;

(4) recognizes the statements from Muslim majority nations and leaders across the world that terrorist attacks purportedly conducted in the name of Islam, such as the attacks in Paris, are an affront to the Muslim faith; and

(5) reaffirms our support for the Government of France to bring the perpetrators of this violence to justice and to prevent future attacks.