HUGE Scandal: Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights to Canada and Has Stopped Trade Relationship

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The state airline of has suspended direct flights to Toronto after Canada called for the release of detained activists fighting for women’s rights, Business Insider reports.

Source: Israel National News

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’s national airline Saudia suspended flights to and from Canada over the arrest of human-rights activists. The trade relationship has stopped and declared the Canadian Ambassador persona non grata because of “interference in the internal affairs of .”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of also withdrew its ambassador to Ottawa for consultations. A diplomatic decision is linked to Canada’s call for the release of Saudi human rights defender Samar Badawi.

In 2010, Samar sued her father, accusing him of humiliating and torturing her for 15 years. The laws of work the way that Badawi herself was sentenced to six months in prison on charges of disobedience.

Samar did not stop. She sued local authorities who did not allow her to participate in local elections, then took an active part in the campaign to give the women the right to drive.

Source: Reuters

“The Kingdom views the Canadian position as an affront to the Kingdom that requires a sharp response to prevent any party from attempting to meddle with Saudi sovereignty,” the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement.

People were concerned about the planned trips to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which begins next week. More than 2.4 million worshippers descended onto the Islamic holy site in 2017, and millions are expected this year.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada was “seriously concerned” about the Kindom’s actions, and is “seeking greater clarity”, but added that “Let me be very clear… Canada will always stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world, and women’s rights are human rights.”

The United Nations are also concerned about at least 15 Saudi activists have been arrested since May 15.


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Who's Samar Badawi? Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights to Canada in Over Scandal Ralated to Arrested Women's Rights Activists
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Who's Samar Badawi? Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights to Canada in Over Scandal Ralated to Arrested Women's Rights Activists
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The state airline of Saudi Arabia has suspended direct flights to Toronto after Canada called for the release of detained activists fighting for women's rights, Business Insider reports.
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