Clarify activists arrests — European Union to Saudis

Clarify activists arrests — European Union to Saudis

Clarify activists arrests — European Union to Saudis

The EU has called on Saudi Arabia to clarify on the circumstances concerning the detentions of women rights activists.

While the clash with human rights has existed for over 14 centuries, it recently resurfaced after women rights in the kingdom were brought into the spotlight.

BRUSSELS - The European Union has asked Saudi Arabia to shed light on the arrests and charges facing women human rights activists, saying that the detainees should be granted due process to defend themselves. The Saudis have also called their ambassador back from Canada, suspended all new businesses transactions and investments linked with Canada and cancelled direct flights to Toronto by Saudi's state airline.

The Saudi reaction shows, on the one hand, the sensitivity of the Kingdom to criticism for its human rights record.

The Saudi reaction is also evidence of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's harsher global diplomacy compared to the previous, "softer" diplomacy, analysts say.

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According to Trudeau, the goal of Canada is to achieve bad relations with Saudi Arabia, and that Canada respects an important place in the world.

The United States hadn't been warned in advance of the Saudi reaction to Canada and is now trying to persuade Riyadh not to escalate the row further, a senior official involved in talks to mediate the dispute told Bloomberg. He added that Pakistan has shown its solidarity with Riyadh in this regard. The United States could easily replace Saudi crude thanks to its growing production, Dwarkin said. In the long-term, Saudi Arabia may find it more hard to attract foreign investors in their effort to meet the Vision 2030 goals.

Saudi Arabia is following justice system that ensures fairness to all citizens.

"As the Minister said, and we repeat, Canada will be loud and clear, privately and publicly, to speak out on human rights issues", reminded Trudeau during the event, held on Wednesday, August 8, in Montreal.

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