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Irwin Cotler, MP



Petition for Release of Raif Badawi

Posted on April 24, 2015

Hon. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to present two petitions.

The first is a petition signed by more than 500 Canadians.


The petitioners are asking the Government of Canada to immediately employ all diplomatic means necessary to ensure that Raïf Badawi is released and reunited with his family, which has sought refuge in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Raïf was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for creating an online forum in Saudi Arabia.

The petitioners are joining parliamentarians from all political parties who adopted a motion to that end during a meeting of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights on February 26.