Canada proceeds to “engage diplomatically” with Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday conveyed concern on the reports that human rights activists in Saudi Arabia will go through the death penalty.

The two countries are engaged in a diplomatic fight stimulated by Canadian criticism of the kingdom’s human rights record, but Trudeau stated that Canada proceeds to “engage diplomatically” with Saudi Arabia.

Human rights groups told that the Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five human rights activists, including, for the first time, a woman.

The five stand blamed of inciting mass protests in predominantly Shiite areas of the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province. Human rights groups states that the execution danger is a evaluated bid to stifle dissent.

Trudeau mentioned in a press conference at British Columbia, “I think it’s important to have positive relationships with countries around the world.”

He said, “At the same time, we have expressed our concern with the sentence handed down by Saudi Arabia, our concern for defending human rights and our shared values all around the world.”

Trudeau told, “Canada will continue to stand up strongly for human rights.”

The Saudi government has not committed that the activists will face the death penalty.

Two weeks ago Canada ignited fury in Riyadh by calling for the urgent release of delayed activists, including award-winning women’s rights campaigner Samar Badawi.

Saudi Arabia froze all latest trade and investments, moved to pull out thousands of Saudi students from Canadian universities and promised to stop all medical treatment programmes in Canada. State airline Saudia also stopped flights to Toronto.

According to several universities, in the end the Saudis gave its students an extension til September 22.

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