From Murray Rankin's Desk: Calling for action on jailing of Raif Badawi

This afternoon, I joined MPs of all parties to meet Ensaf Haidar and hear the story of her husband, Raif Badawi, a blogger imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to a thousand lashes for exercising his right to free expression. In the House today, New Democrats urged the Prime Minister to take action, speak to the Saudi government, and call for the new king to exercise clemency.

Ensaf and her three children have been welcomed into Canada as refugees and now live in Sherbrooke, Quebec. We will continue to urge all parliamentarians to keep sustained pressure on the government of Saudi Arabia to release her husband immediately.