Posts Tagged ‘human rights’

Justin Trudeau lectures others about human rights while forgetting issues at home..

February 14, 2020

An old Arab proverb says “If a camel tries to look at its own hump, its neck might break.” Basically, looking at one’s own back (or own problems) might be painful, so instead many people decide to look away.

Canada appears to stand alone in feud with Saudi Arabia..

August 11, 2018

Chrystia Freeland: Saudi Arabia’s sanctions don’t change Canada’s position..

August 8, 2018

Justin Trudeau vows to speak out on human rights, refuses to back down in Saudi Arabia dispute..

August 8, 2018

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that Canada will continue to speak out “clearly and firmly” on human rights around the globe, refusing to back down in an escalating dispute with Saudi Arabia sparked by Ottawa’s criticism over the detention of activists in that country.

Diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia escalates as flights, barley and wheat exports scrapped

August 7, 2018

OTTAWA — Saudi Arabia has cancelled flights to Toronto by its national airline and halted purchases of Canadian wheat and barley as it ramps up retaliation for Ottawa’s criticism of its human rights and detention of activists.

Saudi Arabia’s angry — and to some, surprising reaction — has continued with news that Saudi Airlines would end its four-flights-a-week service between Toronto and Riyadh in the days ahead.

Saudi Arabia Feud With Canada Explained..

August 6, 2018

Canada ‘seriously concerned’ by escalating diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia..

August 6, 2018

Saudi Arabia may be trying to “establish a new precedent with western states”, Dr Hisham A Hellyer, senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Royal United Services Institute in London, told The Independent. 

“If such states wish to have a fully normalised relationship with Riyadh, they should remain silent on domestic abuses in Saudi Arabia. And if western capitals so much as think twice before they issue such comments in the future, Riyadh would have gained something,” he said.

Saudi Arabia suspends scholarships for thousands of Saudi students in Canada

August 6, 2018

The move comes as tensions between Saudi Arabia and Canada continue to escalate in light of statements Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland made on Twitter last week.

Freeland called for Saudi authorities to release from prison human rights activist Samar Badawi, the sister of Saudi activist and writer Raif Badawi. Badawi is currently serving out a prison sentence.

Chrystia Freeland


Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi.

Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador in Canada, gives Canadian envoy 24 hours to pack..

August 5, 2018
The Saudi Arabian foreign ministry has recalled its ambassador from Canada and given the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country. Riyadh is also freezing all new trade and investment deals with Canada.

The decision has been reported by Saudi Arabia’s official Saudi Press Agency. It is understood to come in response to Canada’s statement of concern over the arrests of human rights activists in Saudi Arabia.