It is Time For the Saudi Arabia to Join the Rest of the Free World
Elias Bejjani
January 15/15

We strongly believe that it is time for the Saudi rulers, on all levels to join the rest of the free world and democratic countries. They are ought to live to the judicial and human rights standards of the 21 century and start with no hesitation or camouflage honoring the rights of their own citizens. Sadly Saudi Arabia has been fully responsible for all the Jihad movements in the world including the notorious Ben Laden and all his likes that procreated and bred Isis, Al Nora and Bako Haram among many other offsprings.
The whole world is aware that initially and for tens of years all the Jihad movements were financed by either the Saudi rulers or by Saudi and Arabian Gulf private resources till these movements became a dire threat to the Saudi and all Arabian Gulf kingdoms and Emirates themselves. Since then they all joined the global war against terrorism and terrorists.
Joining militarily the fight is not alone enough without domastic actual shift towards freedom, democracy with basic modifications and modernization in all educational and religious teachings curriculums.
The internal changes needed have many requirements among which putting an end to all stone age rules that do not honor the International Charter of Human Rights including  forced and obligatory praying, hanging, beheading flogging-lashing etc.
In this context we fully adopt our Canadian Government’s stance issued yesterday that condemned the flogging and imprisonment harsh and oppressive sentence of a Saudi Blogger, Raif Badawi, whose wife with her three children sought asylum in Canada after his arrest.
Below is Canada’s FM, John Baird statement that we fully adopt.

Canada Concerned by Punishment of Saudi Blogger
January 14, 2015 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement regarding the punishment of 1,000 lashes and a 10-year prison sentence for a Saudi blogger:
“Canada is deeply concerned by the public flogging of Raif Badawi. This punishment is a violation of human dignity and freedom of expression, and we call for clemency in this case.
“The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canada’s foreign policy. While Mr. Badawi is not a Canadian citizen, we will continue to make our position known, both publicly and through diplomatic channels.
“Canada has an active partnership and candid relationship with Saudi Arabia, and believes it can play a positive role in many of the region’s security challenges. We will maintain an ongoing, respectful dialogue with Saudi Arabia on a number of issues, including human rights.”
Canada has made representations to Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador in Ottawa, and Canada’s Ambassador in Riyadh has met with the Chair of the Human Rights Commission and has sought a meeting with the Government of Saudi Arabia. Minister Baird has also discussed this issue with concerned parties, including Christine St-Pierre, Quebec’s Minister of International Relations.

Wife of lashed Saudi blogger calls for his release
Agence France Presse/Jan. 13, 2015/Montreal: The wife of a Saudi blogger who was publicly flogged for “insulting Islam” called for his release Tuesday. “My husband, Raef Badawi, is imprisoned for simply expressing liberal ideas,” Ensaf Haidar, who sought asylum in Canada with her three children after Badawi was arrested, told a news conference in Montreal. In September, a Saudi court upheld a sentence of 10 years in prison as well as the 1,000 lashes for Badawi, who has been behind bars since June 2012. The 31-year-old received a first instalment of 50 lashes last Friday and is expected to have 20 weekly whipping sessions until his punishment is complete. “We’re here so that he won’t have to endure another 50 lashes next Friday,” said Beatrice Vaugrante of Amnesty International. “We talk a lot about freedom of speech nowadays: I am Charlie, I am Raef Badawi,” she said. “This concerns Canada, it concerns all Western nations that advocate freedom of expression.” The Canadian government has called the public lashing “inhumane” but said it was limited in what it could do for Badawi beyond expressions of outrage as the blogger is not Canadian


Elias Bejjani
Canadian-Lebanese Human Rights activist, journalist and political commentator
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