Human Rights

In February, the (Quebec) National Assembly passed a unanimous motion condemning the whipping of Badawi, and expressing support for his wife Ensaf Haidar and their three children.

via Celine Cooper: Quebec can spearhead a national conversation about Saudi Arabia and Raif Badawi | Montreal Gazette.

After Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström criticized Saudi Arabia for human rights violations in its treatment of Raif Badawi, 

 Sweden [ ] scrapped a decade-long arms agreement with Saudi Arabia after Saudi diplomats had blocked their foreign minister, Margot Wallström, from speaking about human rights at an Arab leaders’ summit in Cairo.

Saudi Arabia pulled its ambassador from Sweden, and canceled visas for Swedish businessmen.  Now some Canadians are speaking out.  Badawi’s wife and children fled to Montreal after his arrest.  Their supporters are questioning Canada’s close ties to Saudi Arabia.

With an abyssmal record on human rights, Saudi Arabia is a close ally of the West.  Will they listen?

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