Canadian lawmakers have approved a motion to grant citizenship to Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.
The motion, which is non-binding, was put forth by the Bloc Québécois, and calls on Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino to use his discretionary powers to grant citizenship to Badawi, given that he finds himself in a “a particular and unusual situation of distress.”
Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, who lives in Sherbrooke, welcomed this development and remarked: “It’s extraordinary news. This gives hope to Raif. It warms my heart,” she said. “He will see that people have not forgotten Raif. Canada and Quebec have not forgotten Raif.”
His wife, Ensaf Haidar, who took refuge in Canada after her life was threatened in Saudi Arabia, has said Badawi will not be able to survive further flogging. Ensaf Haidar has given a series of televised interviews about Badawi’s plight, including at the 2016 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.
Raif bin Muhammad Badawi a Saudi writer, dissident and activist, as well as the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals.