Amnesty International calls for united front against Saudi Arabia

Amnesty International calls for united front against Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is hitting back at Canada after Canadian diplomats called on the kingdom to release recently detained women's rights activists.

The Saudi government plans to move them immediately to other schools in countries like the U.S. and United Kingdom.

The ministry recalled its ambassador to Canada for consultations and declared the Canadian ambassador persona non grata, giving him 24 hours to leave.

On Friday, Global Affairs Canada had tweeted, "Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia, including Samar Badawi".

The first source said Canada shared the view of foreign policy experts who believe the Saudi reaction reflected internal strains inside the kingdom, where 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is trying to push through domestic reforms.

The Saudi Kingdom was less than thrilled about Canada's "interference", saying it had no business to meddle in its local affairs.

Yes. In 2015, Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Sweden and stopped issuing work visas for Swedes after the European Union member country's foreign minister described a court decision related to Raif Badawi as "medieval" and the kingdom's ruling Al Saud family as presiding over a "dictatorship".

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In recent months Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on women driving, but it has also arrested activists, including more than a dozen high-profile campaigners for women's rights. Saudi Arabia supplies oil to the Irving refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.

"Bahrain regrets Canada's position, based on totally erroneous information that has nothing to do with reality on the ground", Bahrain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

"Diplomatic talks continue. we don't want to have poor relations with Saudi Arabia". But so far, America's northern neighbor is sticking to its guns-no matter how many plane memes Saudi Arabia sends their way.

Such efforts could bring a serious negative impact to Canada's economy, although the move also raises questions over the reliability of Saudi Arabia's foreign investment as it seeks to promote internal economic growth. "We are always going to speak up for human rights; we're always going to speak up for women's rights; and that is not going to change", she said.

Reid said there are several factors playing in the agreement's favour: the Saudis would have to pay penalties if they walk away from the deal, a pullout could hurt the country's reputation with other worldwide trading partners and, perhaps most importantly, Riyadh wants the model of armoured vehicle that's produced in London.

Amnesty International said the response to Canada showed that it was important Western countries not be intimidated into silence over Riyadh's treatment of dissenters. "We will be reaching out to them to try to support them as best we can", said Darling.

Anwar Gargash, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, tweeted in Arabic that the UAE stands with Saudi Arabia in defending its sovereignty and its laws. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, lives in Canada and received Canadian citizenship in July.

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