Canadian lawmakers grant citizenship to a imprisoned Saudi blogger

Members of the Canadian House of Commons decided to grant citizenship to Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has been imprisoned in his homeland for nine years and whose wife and three children live in Canada.

The proposal, which was voted unanimously on Wednesday, asked Immigration Minister Marco Mendesino to use his “discretionary power” to grant Canadian citizenship to Badawi, “in order to remedy a particular situation and unusual distress.”

Badawi was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes and then dissatisfied 10 years and 1,000 lashes 2014 to blog about freedom of expression and “insulting Islam.”

Fifty of those strikes were taken in January 2015, but the rest of the sessions, which were scheduled to take place weekly, were suspended after a global outcry.

Before the Saudi Supreme Court In late April skin scrapped As a form of corporal punishment, Badawi was the most well-known case of flogging in the kingdom.

The blogger was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights from the European Parliament the following year. He is currently serving his prison term.

Insaf Haider, wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, shows her husband’s photo while receiving the Sakharov Prize, in Strasbourg, France. [File: Christian Lutz/AP Photo]

Now that this has become an official request from the House of Representatives, [Prime Minister] “After the vote on Justin Trudeau and Minister Marco Mendesino,” Yves Francois Blanchett, head of the separatist Caucus party and sponsor of the bill, said.

“Every day counts” for Badawi, as his health is at constant risk in prison, Blanchett said in a statement.

Translation: There are days when we are proud, after all, of being in politics for the right reasons. I can imagine the reception, after more hurdles I know, that Quebec will present to Raef Badawi upon his arrival in Quebec. We are there for him and for the right reasons.

The wife of the human rights activist Ansaf Haider welcomed the news with joy. “What news! Raef will be very happy!” She said on Twitter, thanking lawmakers for remembering her husband’s case.

Relations between Ottawa and Riyadh deteriorated in 2018 when the Canadian government called for the release of Saudi human rights activists, including Badawi’s sister, Samar Badawi.

Badawi’s wife and three children, who live in Quebec, have already acquired Canadian citizenship.

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