Saudi Arabia Punishes Canada for Criticizing Human Rights Defenders' Arrests

Saudi Arabia Punishes Canada for Criticizing Human Rights Defenders' Arrests

Saudi Arabia Punishes Canada for Criticizing Human Rights Defenders' Arrests

The Canadian dollar fell on Wednesday after the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabian officials instructed the kingdom's asset managers to dump their holdings of the country's assets.

One well-placed source said the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - which stresses the importance of human rights - planned to reach out to the UAE.

The dispute between Riyadh and Ottawa started after Canada's Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, called for the release of a prominent Saudi women's rights activist, Samar Badawi.

Still, Rai said the impact on the currency should be "ephemeral" as bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and Canada is small.

A fresh escalation of the row emerged on Tuesday.

The United States said Tuesday that both Canada and Saudi Arabia are "close partners" of the USA, and asked the Saudi government for more information of the detention of several activists.

The Canadian dollar was down by 0.2% against the USA dollar to 1.3096 at 8:59 a.m. ET.

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Saudi media took a decidedly dark turn on Monday when it appeared to threaten Canada with a 9/11-style attack by tweeting a harshly worded infographic with an image of an airliner flying towards Toronto's skyline.

"The headlines hit the general populous which I think helped provide a little bit of the spark but to me this is a little bit more technical", McCormick said.

Saudi Arabia frequently uses capital punishment, which can be issued for crimes like homosexuality or anti-government activities, though crucifixions are rare.

Russian Federation voiced support for Saudi Arabia in its worsening row with Canada, telling Ottawa it was unacceptable to lecture the kingdom on human rights.

In the days following the kingdom has continued to announce measures against Canada, including urgent plans to remove tens of thousands of Saudi students and an unspecified number of medical patients from Canada. The government provides health care services through several government agencies for public employees.

The dispute may hurt what is a modest bilateral trade worth almost $4 billion a year. Saudi students studying in Canada now have the opportunity to transfer to 18 different countries to continue their studies "without being affected", Saudi Arabia's Deputy Minister of Education for Scholarship, General Supervisor of Cultural Attachés Jasser Al-Harbash told Al Arabiya English on Tuesday. Canadian exports to Saudi Arabia were about $1.12 billion in 2017, or 0.2 percent of the total value of Canadian exports.

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