Dion’s closed-door meeting with Saudi human rights chief rankles Conservatives

CTV – News – Graham Slaughter, CTVNews.ca Writer@grahamslaughter Saudi Arabia, a country with one of the worst human rights records, met with officials in Ottawa. Joyce Napier has the details. The Liberal government is facing harsh criticism over a closed-door meeting between the foreign affairs minister and the president of Saudi Arabia’s human rights commission — […]

Former minister calls on Trudeau to use Saudi relationship in Badawi case

THE GLOBE AND MAIL – STEVEN CHASE Former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler says there are growing fears that Saudi Arabia will resume flogging Raif Badawi, jailed for “insulting Islam,” now that the kingdom has again secured a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Mr. Cotler, who serves as international counsel to Mr. Badawi, is calling […]

RAIF BADAWI’S ADVOCATES TO GO TO U.N. TO DEMAND SAUDI BLOGGER’S RELEASE

NEWSWEEK – BY JACK MOORE Defenders of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi are readying to take his case to the highest levels of international diplomacy after Saudi Arabia rejected a call to release him and allow him to join his family in Canada. Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion requested that Badawi be released to the country, where Canadian authorities […]

Imprisoned Saudi blogger faces more lashes

THE JERUSALEM POST – Montreal Abitbol said that Haidar has asked countries with ties to Saudi Arabia, including the Canadian government, to intervene on the blogger’s behalf. Imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, whose public flogging in the kingdom last year generated a global outcry, now risks a new round of lashes, a co-founder of a Canadian […]

Supporters of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi fear flogging set to resume

THE CANADIAN PRESS – SIDHARTHA BANERJEE MONTREAL – Supporters of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi are sounding the alarm that his flogging could soon resume. The Montreal-based foundation that bears Badawi’s name said this week it has it on good authority his punishment will begin again. The information comes from a “private source” who is […]

DROI Chair expresses grave concern at treatment of Sakharov Prize Laureate Raif Badawi

The Chair of the European Parliament’s Human Rights Subcommittee Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES) today expressed her grave concern at reports that Saudi Arabia could reinstate the sentence of 1000 lashes against Raif Badawi, who is currently still in prison: Raif Badawi, who the European Parliament recognised with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in […]

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi faces further round of flogging, supporters say

THE GUARDIAN – Raif Badawi, the imprisoned Saudi blogger whose public flogging in 2015 generated global outcry, now risks a new round of lashes, according to his supporters. Evelyne Abitbol, who founded the Raif Badawi Foundation with Badawi’s wife, said a “reliable source” in Saudi Arabia claims he faces a new flogging after being sentenced […]

Imprisoned Saudi blogger faces more lashes: supporters

REUTERS – By Allison Lampert | MONTREAL Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, whose public flogging in the kingdom last year generated a global outcry, now risks a new round of lashes, a co-founder of a Canadian foundation advocating his release said on Tuesday. Evelyne Abitbol, who founded the Raif Badawi Foundation with Badawi’s wife, said […]

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi to be given more lashes in prison

Deutsche Welle – The Saudi government will apparently resume the lashing punishment against blogger Raif Badawi. The Raif Badawi Foundation announced it had received this news from a “private source.” In a statement, the Raif Badawi Foundation said it had received the confirmation from the same source that had notified his family and associates about […]