Canada’s VS. US Stances Regarding Saudi Arabia’ Flagrant Human Rights’ Abuses

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While the US has been kissing up to Saudi Arabia despite its ample documented  human rights’ abuses as in murdering civilians in Yemen and in its habitual jailing/ executing of female dissidents, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been pushing back even though Saudi Arabia has threatened Canadians with financial repercussions.

Where has the USA been in this firestorm between Canada and Saudi Arabia. It has been MIA.

Here is the rest of the story/ timeline of the current feud between Saudi Arabia and Canada…

On August 24, 2018,  Sinead Baker of Business Insider penned the following report, “The full timeline of Canada and Saudi Arabia’s feud over jailed human rights activists”

Excerpts:

“A dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia that started with a tweet escalated to an all-out slanging match that has all but severed relations between the two countries entirely.”

Saudi Arabia has canceled flights to Canada, recalled thousands of students studying there, cut investment, and issued lurid threats.

“Meanwhile, Canada has pledged to hold its ground. As the spat cooled, news Saudi Arabia is to execute a female activist for the first time has brought the county’s conflict into the spotlight once again.”

Scroll down for a full timeline explaining how the dispute has snowballed into a full-blown crisis.

August 1: Human rights organization Amnesty International announced that the Saudi government had arrested several female activists. Lynn Maalouf, its Middle East research director, said it was a “draconian crackdown.”

August 1: Human rights organization Amnesty International announced that the Saudi government had arrested several female activists. Lynn Maalouf, its Middle East research director, said it was a
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

“Maalouf said in the statement that both women had been “repeatedly targeted, harassed, and placed under travel bans for their human rights activism.”

“One of these women was Saudi activist Samar Badawi, the sister of Raif Badawi, who has been detained since 2012 for “insulting Islam.” Raif Bawadi’s wife and children were made Canadian citizens this year.”

One of these women was Saudi activist Samar Badawi, the sister of Raif Badawi, who has been detained since 2012 for
BADAWI Badawi received an International Women of Courage Award in 2012 from Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton./ Alex Wong/Getty Images

August 2: Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister, tweeted that she was “very alarmed” to learn of the arrest and that Canada “stands together with the Badawi family.”

Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) August 2, 2018

Chrystia Freeland

@cafreeland

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.

August 3: Canada’s foreign ministry weighed in, writing on Twitter that Saudi Arabia should “immediately release” Badawi and “all other peaceful #humanrights activists.”

Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) August 3, 2018

Foreign Policy CAN

@CanadaFP

Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in , including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful activists.

“The Canadian Embassy in Saudi Arabia also shared the tweet on its Twitter account, stoking tensions. But the Saudis waited two days to respond.”
In a string of 10 tweets, Saudi Arabia accused Canada of
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool

The most dramatic was this one, in which Saudi Arabia demanded that the Canadian ambassador leave within 24 hours.

Foreign Ministry �� (@KSAmofaEN) August 5, 2018

Foreign Ministry 🇸🇦

@KSAmofaEN

| We consider the Canadian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours.

The same day, Saudi Arabia also announced that it was suspending “all new trade and investment transactions” with Canada.
The same day, Saudi Arabia also announced that it was suspending
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Canada seemed taken aback by the reaction, and said in a statement they were seeking clarification from the Saudis. But Freeland said their position was non-negotiable: “We are always going to speak up for human rights, we are always going to speak up for women’s rights and that is not going to change.”

Canada seemed taken aback by the reaction, and said in a statement they were seeking clarification from the Saudis. But Freeland said their position was non-negotiable:
Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images

August 6: Tensions rocketed when a Saudi account, @Infographic_ksa, posted an image which seemed to be threatening Canada with a 9/11-style attack.

(@tobiaschneider) August 6, 2018

Tobias Schneider

@tobiaschneider

Now deleted, here a screenshot of the threatening Saudi “infographic” featuring an airliner headed for the Toronto skyline.

“The majority of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens.”

“After a backlash online, the account pulled the tweet, which it said had been misunderstood. @ksa_infographic appears to have a close relationship with the Saudi government’s media ministry, though the specifics are not clear.”

August 7: Saudi Arabia’s state airline, Saudia, said on Twitter that it was suspending all flights inbound and outbound flights to Toronto from August 13.

SAUDIA | السعودية (@Saudi_Airlines) August 7, 2018  

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SAUDIA | السعودية

@Saudi_Airlines

Important Announcement from

 

Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail said Saudi Arabia was planning to withdraw all Saudi students it has been sponsoring at Canadian universities, colleges, and schools — more than 15,000 people.

Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail said Saudi Arabia was planning to withdraw all Saudi students it has been sponsoring at Canadian universities, colleges, and schools — more than 15,000 people.
Jordan Pix/ Getty Images

“Students were left scrambling to sell their belongings before having to leave the country — including cars and furniture.”

Source: The Globe and Mail.

Also on August 7, the Reuters news agency reported that Canada was about to ask allies including the UAE and UK for help. Neither country has done much to support the Canadians.

Also on August 7, the Reuters news agency reported that Canada was about to ask allies including the UAE and UK for help. Neither country has done much to support the Canadians.
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The US refused to back Canada in the dispute, saying both sides needed to “diplomatically resolve this together.”

The US refused to back Canada in the dispute, saying both sides needed to
Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau  Leon Neal/Getty Images
“US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged the two countries to use diplomacy and said the department had raised the issue with Saudi Arabia.”

“Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together. We can’t do it for them, they need to resolve it together,” Nauert said.”

Hours later, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to back down, promising to continue to defend human rights.
Chris Wattie/Reuters

Also on August 8, Saudi Arabia said it was stopping all medical treatment programs in Canada and was transferring all Saudi patients to other hospitals outside of Canada.

Also on August 8, Saudi Arabia said it was stopping all medical treatment programs in Canada and was transferring all Saudi patients to other hospitals outside of Canada.
AP

Source: Reuters

August 9: Thursday brought the first sign of a limit to the dispute: according to the Saudi energy minister, the dispute will not affect oil exports to Canada. Khalid Al-Falih cited a long-standing policy that the oil trade isn’t affected by political concerns.

August 9: Thursday brought the first sign of a limit to the dispute: according to the Saudi energy minister, the dispute will not affect oil exports to Canada. Khalid Al-Falih cited a long-standing policy that the oil trade isn't affected by political concerns.
tehrantimes.com

August 13: Saudi media used the week to launch a campaign against Canada, targeting Canada’s treatment of women and claiming that the country is one of the worst oppressors for women.

August 13: Saudi media used the week to launch a bizarre campaign against Canada, targeting Canada's treatment of women and claiming that the country is one of the worst oppressors for women.
Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.  REUTERS/Amir Levy
“The campaign highlighted things like the disappearance of 1,000 indigenous women over the past hundred years in Canada, but it did not address steps taken in recent years to mitigate the problem.”

Source: Reuters.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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