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International, Politics

Canada’s foreign minister is worried about jailed Saudi blogger’s hunger strike

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says he is “very concerned” with reports that jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been transferred to solitary confinement after he declared another hunger strike to protest conditions of his detention. Speaking to reporters »


Washington urges Saudi Arabia to release jailed blogger

The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and his supporters in Canada are welcoming comments by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence Thursday calling on Saudi Arabia to release him. Speaking at a conference on religious freedom in Washington on Thursday, »


Saudi women activists go on trial in Riyadh criminal court

Saudi Arabia has upped the ante in their confrontation with Western countries over the fate of 10 women activists arrested last year. Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council issued a statement signed by three dozen countries, including Canada, »

International, Society

Saudi Arabia appears set to ramp up pressure on jailed women dissidents

Amnesty International says it’s time for Ottawa to release the mute button on criticism of Saudi Arabia’s treatment of jailed women dissidents, at least two of whom have close ties to Canada. One of those women, Loujain al-Hathloul, is scheduled »

International, Politics

Wife of jailed Saudi blogger met with Prime Minister Trudeau

Canadian activist Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on Wednesday to discuss her husband’s fate amid ongoing tensions between Ottawa and Riyadh. »


Freeland speaks out again on Saudi human rights crackdown

The deteriorating relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia continue to ebb and flow. As Ottawa once again voiced concerns over human rights violations in the Middle East country, Riyadh extended its deadline for Saudi citizens training as doctors at Canadian »

International, Politics

Canada deeply concerned by Saudi Arabia’s expulsion of Canadian ambassador, says Freeland

Canada is deeply concerned that Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada’s ambassador in response to Canadian statements in defence of human rights activists detained in the kingdom, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday as the diplomatic clash between Riyadh and »

International, Politics

Canada ‘very alarmed’ by arrest of Raif Badawi’s sister in Saudi Arabia

Canada is “very alarmed” by the arrest of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s sister by Saudi authorities, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted Thursday. Amnesty International reported that Samar Badawi, a prominent women’s right activist, was detained earlier this week »

International, Society

Children of imprisoned Saudi blogger make a video plea

The three children of Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi appear in a video asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to help get their father’s release from prison. Badawi is not a Canadian, but his wife and three children now live in »

Immigration & Refugees, International

Rights group wants Canada’s new government to intervene on behalf of jailed Saudi blogger

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, speaks at a presse conference with the executive director of Lawyers Without Borders Pascal Paradis in Montreal on Nov. 3, 2015 © Levon Sevunts/Radio Canada International Lawyers Without Borders Canada says »