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Despite promise for ‘real change’ Raif Badawi remains imprisoned

Despite promise for ‘real change’ Raif Badawi remains imprisoned

Posted: 26th March 2016 By: Evelyne Abitbol Category: News Comment: 0
Vigile In Sherbrooke (Quebec). Photo Caroline Custeau

Vigile In Sherbrooke (Quebec). Photo Caroline Custeau

In Dec. 2015, current Liberal Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephan Dion did raise Badawi’s case with his Saudi counterparts and a spokesperson for Dion said the minister would continue to do so. Such early maneuvers may have left human rights activists feeling relieved that a new path was being charted by the Canadian Government.

However, since Dion’s conversation with the Saudi Foreign Affairs official, it would be hard to argue the Liberal Government has issued demands that would be considered “in the most forceful manner” to secure Badawi’s freedom.
Prime Minister Trudeau, who met personally with Ensaf Haidir, has refused to personally intervene in the matter, choosing to leave it in the hands of Dion.

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