Saudi Arabia warns Canada to not support blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes
Saudi Arabia is apparently getting tired of all the criticism of their abysmal human rights record. So now they’re issuing threats. Threats to my country Canada. Okay, it’s a warning, but I’m still righteously pissed off.
Naif Bin Bandir Al-Sudairy, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada, sent a letter to Quebec’s National Assembly in March telling them not to meddle in the case of the jailed blogger or criticize the country’s human rights record.
Like who gives a damn? Giving someone 1,000 lashes for blogging is barbaric. Sweden has also criticized them and their “warning” has gone international.
Saudi Arabia’s aggressive response to international criticism of its human rights and justice system continues with a warning to Canadian politicians. According to CBC News, the Saudi ambassador to Canada, Naif Bin Bandir Al-Sudairy, sent a letter to Quebec’s National Assembly telling it not to interfere in the case of blogger Raif Badawi.
In his letter, which was dated March 10, Sudairy warned that the kingdom “does not accept any form of interference in its internal affairs.”
Too bad, Mr. Ambassador. Unlike Sweden, Canada’s economic ties to Saudi Arabia are minimal. We are a free country, and although our reputation as a human rights champion has been somewhat tarnished in the last few years, I’m proud that at least Quebec is fighting for the rights of Raif Badawi.