Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Universalist Muslims: Stand up for Raif Badawi on World Press Freedom Day

Shahla Khan Salter, Director of Universalist Muslims, wrote this letter of appeal to Canadian parliamentarians on behalf of Raif Badawi, co-Founder of the Saudi based Liberal Muslim Network."


From: Universalist Muslims <mpvottawa@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Apr 29, 2014 
Subject: re: Stand up for Raif Badawi on World Press Freedom Day
To: Paul Dewar <paul.dewar@parl.gc.ca>, "PLDusseault ." <Pierre-Luc.Dusseault@parl.gc.ca>, thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.camaria.mourani@parl.gc.caElizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca,justin.trudeau@parl.gc.cadavid.mcguinty@parl.gc.ca

Dear Opposition Leaders and Respected MP's:

This morning we emailed the Prime Minister seeking his help in respect to Raif Badawi and included you in our list of recipients.

Raif Badawi, his wife, Ensaf and their three kids need your help as well. 

So does the world. 

Saudi Arabia is our trading partner - with whom Canada approved a billion dollar deal recently to manufacture LAV's. 

It means we have a responsibility to engage Saudi Arabia on its human rights record. 

It is after all a place where there are no churches or synagogues, where atheists are regarded as terrorists, where women live in a gender apartheid and finally - from where it has been reported that Al Qaeda receives weapons and funding to help fight the war in Syria.

Please join us on Saturday outside the Saudi embassy to say a few words to show your support. It will be a small demonstration but you could make all the difference.

Also, please speak up in the House and to the media to show your concern. 

We thank Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Ensaf's MP from Sherbrooke, for his efforts.


Kindest regards,
Shahla Khan Salter
Director: Universalist Muslims