Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister makes an appeal to Saudi Arabia

Here is John Baird’s statement on Raif Badawi:

“Canada is deeply concerned by the public flogging of Raif Badawi. This punishment is a violation of human dignity and freedom of expression, and we call for clemency in this case.

“The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canada’s foreign policy. While Mr. Badawi is not a Canadian citizen, we will continue to make our position known, both publicly and through diplomatic channels.

“Canada has an active partnership and candid relationship with Saudi Arabia, and believes it can play a positive role in many of the region’s security challenges. We will maintain an ongoing, respectful dialogue with Saudi Arabia on a number of issues, including human rights.”

Canada has made representations to Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador in Ottawa, and Canada’s Ambassador in Riyadh has met with the Chair of the Human Rights Commission and has sought a meeting with the Government of Saudi Arabia. Minister Baird has also discussed this issue with concerned parties, including Christine St-Pierre, Quebec’s Minister of International Relations.

Saudi Arabia is revealing to the world what a horrible god it submits to.


  1. buttle says

    This one i just stumbled upon may beat them all, here’s how they execute convicted killers:

    Footage of the execution shows Basim being dragged into a street and held down by four police officers.
    “I did not kill, I did not kill,” she is heard to shout repeatedly.
    Basim then screamed as a sword-wielding man struck her neck. Second and third blows completed the beheading

    Plus, what are the odds of a fair trial for a foreign woman in Saudi Arabia charged with a heinous crime?

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