The National Assembly unanimously passed a motion condemning the whipping of Badawi, and expressing support for his wife, Ensaf Haidar, and their three children.
The motion calls on the governments of Quebec and Canada to do everything possible to secure Badawi’s freedom.
“We will not put our arms down. The democratic world has to say loud and clear that we don’t want those practices to go again without any notice from the rest of the world,” said Premier Philippe Couillard.
Haidar, as well as some of Badawi’s supporters, watched the debate as it happened.
The premier has brought up the case directly with Saudi Arabian ambassador to Canada.
Poor Saudi Arabia. They must be getting so tired of hearing about this.
The case has sparked international outcry and widespread protest.
There have been numerous demonstrations across Quebec, asking for Badawi’s release.
The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, has called on Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah to pardon him. The United States has also asked Saudi Arabia to cancel the 1,000 lashes.
And so has Charles Windsor. We’ll have a starling shall be taught to speak nothing but ‘Raif’…