August 6, 2018 / 6:52 PM / 2 months ago

Amid Saudi Arabia dispute, Canada says will always defend human rights

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, referring to a decision by Saudi Arabia to expel Canada’s ambassador, on Monday said her government would always defend human rights.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Singapore, August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Feline Lim

“Let me be very clear ... Canada will always stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world, and women’s rights are human rights,” Freeland told a conference in Vancouver.

Saudi Arabia acted after Ottawa urged it to free arrested civil society activists, including a prominent female campaigner.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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