Amnesty International calls for united front against Saudi Arabia

  • Amnesty International calls for united front against Saudi Arabia

Amnesty International calls for united front against Saudi Arabia

It happened after a huge row erupted between the two countries over Canada's criticism of Saudi Arabia for its continued jailing of women's rights activists.

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

Riyadh on Sunday recalled its ambassador from Canada and gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties amid a major diplomatic dispute but also offered an apparent olive branch, saying the kingdom had made some progress on human rights.

Castellanos added the decision by Saudi Arabia is also a hit to the university's diversity, calling the Saudi students very important cohorts of the U of R.

Analysts say the dispute between Riyadh and Ottawa shows Saudi Arabia won't accept any outside criticism and will continue flexing its muscles overseas, especially as the kingdom enjoys a closer relationship with President Donald Trump.

The tensions seem to have begun with a tweet from Canada's Foreign Affairs Department, which decried the detention of some female activists in Saudi Arabia.

While both countries are friends of the US, "both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a media briefing later Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the leading Saudi women's rights campaigner Manal al-Sharif thanked Canada for "speaking up" and asked when other Western powers would do the same.

Raif Badawi was arrested in 2012 for running a blog that promoted free speech and women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi investments in Canada include G3 Global Holdings Ltd., a joint venture between Bunge Ltd. and Saudi Agricultural & Livestock Investment Co., which purchased the former Canadian Wheat Board in 2015.

The 14-year arms deal, which directly employs 2,000 people, was described at the time by the previous federal Conservative government as the largest advanced manufacturing export contract in Canadian history.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia August 8, 2018.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement later in the day refusing to walk back Canada's stance.

Among those detained by Riyadh is Loujain al-Hathloul, 28, who appeared with the Duchess of Sussex, then Meghan Markle, at a One Young World summit in Canada two years ago where they were pictured in a Vanity Fair photoshoot.

Ms Badawi is known for challenging Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system.

"I think they are concerned because they are uncertain". Canada's foreign ministry said it was seeking clarity from the Saudi Arabian government. Saudi Arabia announced it was suspending future trade with Canada and severing diplomatic ties.

"Hopefully, this thing blows over", said Reid, who noted his union fully supports Ottawa's decision to call out human rights abuses and abuses against women in Saudi Arabia.

Strangely, in spite of all this, Saudi Arabia and the United States are still strategic allies.