Canada’s Twitter Attack On Saudi Arabia Seems Hypocritical Despite The Saudi Regime Horrible Track Record On Human Rights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Canada has done a good job by exposing Saudi Arabia and that nation is doing the rest in bringing attention to itself and it’s butchery. Many people are not aware how many Indian workers the Kingdom sends home in body bags after they have been murdered by their bosses or Saudis. And guess what – no charges against the killers. My friend the former Indian Diplomat Rakesh Shankar told me this himself and he was so disgusted that he quit the post. Saudi Arabia deserves the full wrath for its butchery!                                                                                                                               ****By R. Paul Dhillon

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by Promod Puri

Canada’s Twitter diplomacy in condemning Saudi Arabia has not affected the latter’s tormented human rights record, especially against women. Instead, it generated anger and overreaction from the Saudi leadership resulting with lightning speed the withdrawal of diplomats, investment and trade, stopping of flights and immediate return of the Kingdom’s students from Canada.

The question is why the Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland used the Twitter channel to raise the issue instead of traditional face to face dialogue. Presuming the minister and her advisory staff are not naive in their concern for human rights in Saudi Arabia, the motive has not served its desired purpose. Rather it has been a disaster toward Canada-Saudi relationship.

The feud has not only wiped out the friendly influence which Canada could use over Saudi Arabia in its grave violations of human rights, but it has generated another conflicting spot in the world already dotted with tensions and violence.

In its open denunciation thru series of Tweets against Saudi Arabia’s adamant violation of human rights, the government has won nil support worldwide. But the Leftist community in Canada seems to applaud the Liberal government as it is very well aware of the credibility of Canada on this issue.

Canada has its own bad record of human rights violations as well as its known double standards in observing complete silence when its biggest trading partner, the USA, has committed much more serious human rights violations all over the globe including Vietnam, Iraq, and in Afghanistan.

This Trump-style twitter approach does not reflect the seriousness on the part Trudeau government in handling the human rights crimes being committed by Saudi Arabia for decades. Direct diplomatic dialogue or several other channels, like the United Nations, are better ways to handle the sensitive issue of human rights. Certainly Twitter is not the right tool.

Promod Puri writes on current events, and on religious and human interests topics. He is the author of Hinduism Beyond Rituals, Customs and Traditions.