Saudi Arabia’s gone rogue

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Saudi Arabia sentences women to death by stoning, brutally whips peaceful activists, and with their allies, just bombed a school bus full of kids in Yemen.
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Saudi Arabia sentences women to death by stoning, brutally whips peaceful activists, and with their allies, just bombed a school bus full of kids in Yemen.

Canada just called out their latest jailing of women activists, and now Saudi has slammed them with sanctions! It's a typical bullying Saudi response: make an "example" of anyone who dares stand up to them.


Enough is enough -- let's get our governments to stand with Canada by publicly demanding the release of human rights activists, calling to expel Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council, and to bring sanctions if the abuse continues -- sign now!

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Rogue states like Saudi Arabia are trying to move us away from law and rights and democracy, towards a darker world where might makes right.

They’re targeting Canada to make an example of a champion of humanity and global values. The rest of the world’s democracies need to unite, or we’ll all soon face the same treatment.

But get this -- Saudi Arabia isn’t just on the UN’s Human Rights Council, they actually sit on women's rights committees, even as they lock up women unjustly! Now is the moment for our governments to stand up for human rights. Join the call for them to speak out and expel Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council!

Our movement played a major role in helping to win a vote in the European Parliament to ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia. It was the first time democracies have strongly stood up to Saudi oil and cash and done the right thing. Let’s make sure that a bright future of justice and law and human rights prevails over the dark dystopia that Saudi Arabia and Trump are pushing on us.

With hope,

Rewan, Andrew, Fatima, Ricken, Bert, Sarah, Christoph and everyone at Avaaz

More information:

Why Saudi Arabia is waging diplomatic war on … Canada (Vox)
https://www.vox.com/world/2018/8/6/17656864/saudi-arabia-canada-ambassador-persona-non-grata-samar-badawi

Saudi Arabia freezes Canada trade ties for urging activists' release (BBC)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-45079682

Saudi Arabia’s fight with Canada exposes its fragile crown prince (Washington Post)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/08/07/saudi-arabias-fight-with-canada-exposes-its-fragile-crown-prince/?utm_term=.5379238b4f64

'We are always going to speak up for human rights': Why Saudia Arabia abruptly suspended trade relations with Canada (National Post)
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/saudi-arabias-diplomatic-dispute-with-canada-an-explainer

Saudi Arabia's row with Canada: Silencing Western criticism? (DW)
https://www.dw.com/en/saudi-arabias-row-with-canada-silencing-western-criticism/a-44988894

Here’s why Canadian allies are keeping their mouths shut in dispute with Saudi Arabia (Global News)
https://globalnews.ca/news/4376037/canada-saudi-arabia-dispute-united-states-silent/


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Only 19 countries are still full democracies, report suggests

https://www.indy100.com/article/democracy-index-economist-intelligence-unit-map-data-report-norway-democratic-united-states-8191501

For the seventh year in a row, Norway remains the most democratic nation, while Western Europe accounts for 14 of the 19 full democracies.

The United States remained in the 'flawed democracy' threshold, to which it dropped in 2016 after a serious decline in public trust, the Economist said.

Overall, across the world, the sad reality is that democratic norms are slipping, according to the figures. Things that are being affected include declining trust in institutions, erosion of civil liberties and curbs on freedom of speech.

The report read:

The state in many countries plays a prominent role in curtailing freedom of the media and of expression.

Governments, in democratic as well as authoritarian countries, are deploying defamation laws, prevention of terrorism laws, blasphemy and “hate speech” laws to curb freedom of expression and stymie media freedom.

https://www.indy100.com/article/democracy-index-economist-intelligence-unit-map-data-report-norway-democratic-united-states-8191501

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