Canada is not back pedaling in its defense of human rights.
This despite Saudi Arabia freezing new trade and investment and expelling the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa’s call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists, including prominent women’s rights campaigner Samar Badawi.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, in responding to the news, said, “Canada will always stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world, and women’s rights are human rights.”
On Sunday, the Saudi government recalled its ambassador from Canada and gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave.
The government also banned new trade with Canada.
The moves were in response to Canada’s expressed concern over the arrests of activists in Saudi Arabia, including prominent women’s rights campaigner Samar Badawi, and called for their release.