Saudi Arabia orders Canadian envoy to leave over criticism

Saudi Arabia freezes all trade investment in Canada - Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador for urging release of activists

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Sunday that it is recalling its ambassador in Canada for consultation and simultaneously declared the Ambassador of Canada persona non-grata, giving him 24 hours to leave.

Jackie Hansen, a gender rights campaigner for Amnesty International Canada, said last Thursday that the circumstances of the arrests were still unclear and there was no news of any charges.

In a series of tweets, Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said in addition to freezing all new trade and investment transactions with Canada, it "reserves the right to take further action".

Citing "interference" in its internal affairs, Saudi Arabia said on Monday it was expelling Canada's ambassador, recalling its envoy in Ottawa, and freezing its business ties with Ottawa, AFP reported.

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"It's pathetic that rather than respect the basic rights of its citizens and end its wide scale persecution of independent voices, it's punishing even friendly states who give it helpful advice", Whitson told DW.

Among those recently arrested is Samar Badawi, whose brother Raif Badawi was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for criticizing clerics.

The Saudi foreign ministry slammed the Canadian statement, signalling its growing irritation over Western criticism of the kingdom's poor human rights record.

Samar is a vocal campaigner for blogger Raif Badawi, her brother who was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for "insulting Islam" in a case that sparked an global outcry.

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"Any further step from the Canadian side in that direction will be considered as acknowledgment of our right to interfere in the Canadian domestic affairs", the statement said. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, is now living in Canada.

The move follows vigorous calls by Canada for the immediate release of activists that have been detained.

"The Ministry also affirmed that the Canadian position is an explicit and transparent interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", the ministry said.

The Saudi foreign ministry voiced anger over the Canadian statement. "The persons referred to were lawfully detained by the public prosecution for committing crimes punishable by applicable law, which also guaranteed the detainees' rights and provided them with due process during the investigation and trial".

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