Canada Defiant After Saudi Arabia Freezes New Trade Over Human Rights Call

Analysis
              
                
       Screenshot

The Saudi government on Sunday recalled its ambassador to Ottawa, barred Canada´s envoy from returning and placed a ban on new trade, denouncing Canada for urging the release of jailed rights activists. "We're always going to speak up for woman's rights and that's not going to change", she said, adding that it wasn't the first time Canada has spoken out about human rights in Saudi Arabia", she said.

Since Monday, the Middle Eastern country began imposing a flurry of diplomatic sanctions starting with the expulsion of the Canadian ambassador, Dennis Horak, who was deemed "persona non grata" on Twitter by Saudi officials, giving him 24 hours to leave the Gulf country.

The moves came in retaliation to a Canadian government tweet that said it was "gravely concerned" about the arrests of civil society and women's activists in the Saudi kingdom.

"The students have been asked by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to continue their studies if they are now registered in the spring and summer session, but to deregister or cancel their registration for the fall of 2018 and to leave Canada within four weeks of the departure of the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh", said Livia Castellanos, the university's associate vice-president (international).

Ms Badawi was given the US International Women of Courage Award in 2012 and is known for challenging Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system.

While department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said USA officials have raised human rights concerns with the Saudis in the past, she stressed that Riyadh and Ottawa "need to diplomatically resolve this together".

Amnesty International noted Ms Badawi has been repeatedly targeted and interrogated by Saudi security forces for her human rights activist.

Perseid Meteor Shower: Top 5 Things To Know
If you decide to go shooting star spotting, don't forget to let your eyes adjust to the dark for about 15 to 20 minutes. This is due to the new moon , which means that it will be extra dark on the night of the peak.

Atletico Madrid reject Man Utd approach for Godin - Simeone key
The Uruguayan defender would be an alternative to linked names Toby Alderweireld , Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire . Which players are Manchester United most likely to sell and sign this summer, according to 888sport?

Mina having Everton medical as he closes in on move from Barcelona
He has played 14 times for Brazil and started the 7-1 defeat by Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals. Yerry Mina was previously linked with a move to Manchester United .

A number of rights campaigners, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi, have been arrested in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia's main state wheat-buying agency told grains exporters it will no longer accept Canadian-origin grains in global tenders, European traders said. Much of that was tanks, armored personnel carriers and motor vehicles.

Morneau's comments reiterated the position expressed Monday by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, but did not directly address the larger question of what sort of lasting economic impact the dispute could have, including on Canada's $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

"For Saudi Arabia to punish Canada, it's fairly easy because we're not an important country for them, either are they for us", he said. It also suspended new trade dealings with Canada. "They don't know exactly what's going to happen to them", Castellanos said. Canada's foreign ministry said it was seeking clarity from the Saudi Arabian government.

Saudi Arabia's state media threatened Toronto in this grim tweet.

Human rights groups and Canadian and other Western diplomats have made repeated calls for the release of Raif Badawi, whose wife received Canadian citizenship in July.

"There are geopolitics at play, particularly the strategic and theocratic rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Emery set for baptism of fire as Arsenal host City
Aug 10, 2018 - 01:19
However, the club allowed Calum Chambers to join Fulham on loan on Tuesday and could still move for an experienced defender. My concern is their defence still.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dozens dead in Yemen after school bus carrying children hit by airstrike
Aug 09, 2018 - 23:17
It wasn't immediately clear how numerous casualties were on the bus and how many were pedestrians in the immediate area around it. He recently announced plans to invite Yemen's warring parties to Geneva on September 6 to hold the first round of consultations.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S
Aug 09, 2018 - 23:15
The idea would be similar to how special operations forces from across the military services are distributed to various commands. It wasn't immediately clear whether the new force would be a component of the Air Force , as the Marine Corps is to the Navy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Two Barcelona stars to join Premier League club after 'passing medicals'
Aug 09, 2018 - 22:30
Barcelona defender Yerry Mina is on the verge of completing a move to Everton after undergoing a medical in Spain, according to reports.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The Oscars Are Changing Because You Aren’t Watching
Aug 09, 2018 - 22:29
If you're a fan of the types of movies that break box office records, you might have more reason to tune into the Oscars soon. The MTV Movie Awards? The 2019 ceremony will still air on February 24, while the 2020 show will move to February 9.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ruby Rose Gets Emotional Discussing Impact of Her Batwoman Role
Aug 09, 2018 - 21:58
It also, Rose noted, will allow her to continue her charity work of visiting children in hospitals with a whole new persona. Kate Kane is the second Batwoman in DC Comics' history, with the first being Kathy Kane, Bruce's aunt and Kate's mother.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Blizzard Announces Multiple Diablo Projects
Aug 09, 2018 - 21:31
Straight from the source, we've got our official first bit of hype regarding brand new Diablo goodness. Whether you want to hack and slash or get your role-playing on, you're covered in the best RPGs on PC .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vidal Excited to Play With Messi After 'Dream' Barcelona Move
Aug 09, 2018 - 21:21
Vidal also said he is excited to be at the club where he would play alongside the best players in the world. I've played in many teams and now I've arrived at the best.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top $3.9B buyout of Tribune by Sinclair ends in acrimony
Aug 09, 2018 - 21:15
The Maryland company said Thursday in a prepared statement that the Tribune lawsuit is "entirely without merit". Sinclair defended the script as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Alexa 'Answer Update' Feature Will Get Back to You Later
Aug 09, 2018 - 21:14
In fact, so far this year, only about 2% of consumers made a purchase with their voice commands. We've all been there: Your boss asks you a question and you don't have the answer.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russian PM warns NATO admission of Georgia could cause 'horrible conflict'
Aug 09, 2018 - 20:44
The Prime Minister also noted that the war in Georgia in 2008 could have been avoided. Both remain garrisoned by Russian troops until the present day.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Everton's Lucas Digne explains 'never walk alone' tattoo on chest
Aug 09, 2018 - 20:12
However, Liverpool fans poked fun of Everton's latest addition because of his chest tattoo which reads: "I Never Walk Alone". The player has signed for the English club, Everton for £22m ($29m).

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Manafort trial day 8: Prosecutors expect to wrap up case soon
Aug 09, 2018 - 19:37
In one case, she alleged that foreign accounts were used by Manafort to pay for more than $3.5 million in home improvements. Prosecutors have noted that Gates and Manafort were not the targets of the investigation at the time of the interview.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tourists flee Indonesia's Lombok island after natural disaster kills 98
Aug 09, 2018 - 19:25
A father accompanies his injured child outside of Tanjung hospital, after an quake hit in Lombok Utara, Indonesia August 6, 2018. Patients at the city hospital, and also at Denpasar hospital in Bali , were evacuated and tended to by doctors in the streets.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Courtois, Kepa and Hazard speculation
Aug 09, 2018 - 17:43
Courtois will sign a six-year contract at the Bernabeu subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical. This, it's claimed, has played a part in persuading him to ask for a move away from Madrid.