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Can Canada do business with Saudi Arabia and still support human rights?

Can Canada do business with Saudi Arabia and still support human rights?

Posted: 5th March 2016 By: Evelyne Abitbol Category: News Comment: 0
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With Bono #U2 #Freeraif

March 5, 2016 – By MONTREAL, QUE.: AUGUST 14, 2014 -- Catherine Solyom staff mugshot Thursday August 14, 2014. (John Mahoney / THE GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 50955-0060CATHERINE SOLYOM, MONTREAL GAZETTE More from Catherine Solyom, Montreal Gazette

Sherbrooke, Que. – The last time Ensaf Haidar spoke to her husband, Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, it was for exactly three minutes.

Since Badawi was moved to a prison in Jeddah in December, Haidar cannot call him herself, or send him any photos or letters – he would only get them upon his release, in about 10 years. This time, Badawi was allowed just enough time to say hello to each of his three children, Najwa, 12, Doudi, 11, and Myriam, 8.

Haidar can’t say exactly when that was. She doesn’t like to count days; it makes time seem painfully long.

Photos of Badawi ahttp://montrealgazette.com/news/can-canada-do-business-with-saudi-arabia-and-still-support-human-rightsnd the children line the walls of her comfortable home on a quiet street in Sherbrooke.

Across town, giant posters of Badawi cling to the facade of city hall, where a vigil for him takes place every Friday.

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