The wife of Raif Badawi is not afraid that the granting of refugee status to Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun not deteriorate even more the diplomatic relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia — and detrimental to the cause of her husband.
“I’m happy for her. I am really proud of Canada too, has launched Ensaf Haidar in an interview with The canadian Press. That is, democratic countries.”
The young woman saudi Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun was granted asylum in canada during a week is highly symbolic for his fellow countryman Raif Badawi, imprisoned for more than six years.
The blogger sentenced to 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison for having made the promotion of freedom of religion, among other, celebrates its 35 years on Sunday, still behind bars.
Wednesday also marked a sad anniversary for the activist of the rights of the person, or one of the 50 lashes he received during his first flogging public in January 2015. His other corporal punishments seem to have since been deferred due to his fragile health and strong criticism of the international community.
Ensaf Haidar, who is based in Sherbrooke with their three children, does not believe that the home Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun in Canada could be injurious to her husband.
Ms. Haidar, who has obtained canadian citizenship this summer, is said to have itself attracted the attention of the minister of foreign Affairs, asked by chrystia Freeland, on the file of the young woman.
Leak in Thailand
Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun had fled to Thailand last week, allegedly to escape his violent family. She was known on the social networks thanks to a campaign launched from his hotel room in Bangkok, where she was barricaded.
She described the abuse suffered at the hands of his father, alleging that he was seeking to marry her by force. The hashtag #SaveRahaf has rapidly made the tour of the world.
After a pandemonium of the united Nations High Commissioner for refugees, the prime minister, Justin Trudeau has finally announced Friday that Canada would open its doors, and she arrived in Toronto the next day.
Ensaf Haidar is one of the three instigators of a campaign of sociofinancement to facilitate his resettlement in canada. The campaign has been shared on the Twitter account of the young woman and had already raised more than $ 9,000 in in the early afternoon Sunday.
“Start a new life with nothing but the clothes on your back may be intimidating for an 18 year old girl, especially considering she is not accustomed to the harsh canadian winters or the price of a coat and a pair of boots!” can be read on the page of the website GoFundMe.
Meeting with Trudeau
On his return from a vigil in support of her husband this week, Ensaf Haidar has received a call from the minister of international Development and member of parliament for Compton-Stanstead, Marie-Claude Bibeau, informing him that the prime minister had agreed to meet.
Justin Trudeau will be coming to Sherbrooke from Wednesday to Friday to prepare the parliament is back in session with his ministers.
Ms. Haidar has seized the opportunity to claim again that the canadian citizenship is granted to her husband, who will be prohibited to leave Saudi Arabia or to use social networks for 10 years after having served his sentence, which also includes a fine of $290,000.
Amnesty international has long urged Ottawa to “play a leadership role” in this folder, “given the links to his family in Canada.”
Last August, the crown prince of the kingdom, Mohammed Bin Salamane, has expelled the canadian ambassador in Riyadh and recalled its own ambassador to Ottawa, after diplomats, including the minister asked by chrystia Freeland had expressed their support of women’s rights activists detained in Saudi Arabia, including the sister of Raif Badawi, Samar Badawi.