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Canada’s lawmakers grant citizenship to imprisoned Saudi blogger

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Canada’s lawmakers grant citizenship to imprisoned Saudi blogger

A human rights defender, Badawi is in jail in Saudi Arabia for running a blog about free speech and ‘insulting Islam’.

Members of Canada’s Home of Commons determined to grant citizenship to Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has been imprisoned in his dwelling nation for 9 years and whose spouse and three kids stay in Canada.

The movement, which was unanimously voted on Wednesday, asks Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino to make use of his “discretionary energy” to grant Canadian citizenship to Badawi, “in an effort to treatment a specific scenario and weird misery”.

Badawi was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to seven years in jail and 600 lashes after which resentenced to 10 years and 1,000 lashes in 2014 for running a blog about free speech and “insulting Islam”.

He acquired 50 of these beatings in January 2015, however the remainder of the periods, which have been to be carried out weekly, have been suspended after a worldwide outcry.

Earlier than Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court docket abolished in late April flogging as a type of bodily punishment, Badawi had been probably the most high-profile occasion of flogging within the kingdom.

The blogger was awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov human rights prize the next yr. He’s at present serving his jail time period.

Ensaf Haidar, the spouse of the jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, exhibits a portrait of her husband as he’s awarded the Sakharov Prize, in Strasbourg, France [File: Christian Lutz/AP Photo]

“Now that this can be a formal request from the Home, [Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau and Minister Marco Mendicino should act,” Yves-Francois Blanchet, head of the separatist Bloc Quebecois occasion and sponsor of the invoice, stated after the vote.

“On daily basis counts” for Badawi, “as his well being is continually at risk in jail”, Blanchet stated in a press release.

Translation: There are days when, regardless of every thing, we’re very proud to be in politics for the proper causes. I can think about the reception, after extra obstacles I do know, that Quebec will give to Raif Badawi upon arrival in Quebec. We’re there for him, and for the proper causes.

The information was welcomed with pleasure by the human proper activist’s spouse, Ensaf Haidar. “What a information! Raif will probably be so glad! It offers me hope,” she stated on Twitter, thanking lawmakers for remembering her husband’s case.

Relations between Ottawa and Riyadh deteriorated in 2018 when the Canadian authorities known as for the discharge of Saudi human rights activists, together with Badawi’s sister Samar Badawi.

Badawi’s spouse and three kids, who stay in Quebec, have already acquired Canadian citizenship.