Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador, freezes trade in human rights row

Samar Badawi Samar Badawi
Ebony Burgess | 06 August, 2018, 10:40

The ministry said that the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh had 24 hours to leave the country, and announced the "freezing of all new commercial and investment transactions" with Ottawa.

The Kingdom will also freeze "all new business" with Canada.

"We are seriously concerned by these media reports and are seeking greater clarity on the recent statement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", Marie-Pier Baril, a spokeswoman for Freeland, said in an email.

The Saudi statement said it confirmed its commitment to refrain from intervening in the internal matters of other countries, including Canada, and in return rejected any intervention in its domestic affairs and internal relations with its citizens.

Saudi Arabia said on Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing all new trade, in protest at Ottawa's vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists.

The move came after Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland urged Saudi authorities to release from prison human rights activist Samar Badawi, the sister of Saudi activist and writer Raif Badawi, who is now serving out a prison sentence.

On Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Twitter she was "very alarmed" by the arrest of civil rights activist Samar Badawi, Raif's sister.

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Canadian officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Just two months ago, Saudi women were given the right to drive a auto, yet several of the country's most prominent women's rights activists - including some who fought for years to drive - were arrested earlier this year on national security grounds.

Samar is a vocal campaigner for blogger Raif Badawi, her brother who was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for "insulting Islam" in a case that sparked an worldwide outcry. Some 10 % of Canadian crude oil imports come from Saudi Arabia.

"Any other attempt to interfere with our internal affairs from Canada, means that we are allowed to interfere in Canada's internal affairs". The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses its absolute and categorical rejection of the position of the Canadian Government.

The move follows vigorous calls by Canada for the immediate release of activists that have been detained.

The arrests were in line with Saudi laws, and those detained have been provided with due process during investigation and trial, according to the foreign ministry statement.

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