Pressure against Saudi Arabia is mounting as lawmakers highlight the cases of female rights activists who have been jailed and tortured in Saudi prisons.
What many saw as mild criticism from Canada turned into a diplomatic row suddenly altering thousands of Saudi lives around the world. Why did Saudi Arabia react the way it did?
Riyadh has recalled its ambassador and suspended investment deals and flights to Toronto after Ottawa raised concern about human rights violations in the kingdom.
The kingdom expels Canadian ambassador and recalls its own envoy after Ottawa insisted that Riyadh releases human rights activists.
More than a dozen women’s rights activists have been targeted since May. Most campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom’s male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain the consent of a male relative for major decisions.
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