Where Are The Sanctions On Saudi Arabia?


The Trudeau government is considering the passage of a law that would impose sanctions against individuals who violate human rights.

It is said to be a version of the “Magnitsky Act,” which has already been implemented by the United Stats and Britain.

The law would allow the government to freeze the assets of human rights abusers, and deny them entry to Canada.

This is a good idea.

However, the way the government has been talking about it suggests that once again, Saudi Arabia is being given a free pass.

Much of the focus on a possible Canadian Magnitsky Act has been on Russia. While Russia – like any country – should certainly be held accountable, the lack of discussion surrounding Saudi Arabia is disturbing.

One of the biggest – if not the biggest – threats facing Western civilization is the rise of Islamist extremism. A key factor in the rise of Islamist terrorism has been the Wahhabist form of Islam promoted by Saudi Arabia. It is hard-line, ruthless, and extreme, and Saudi Arabia is spending billions spreading it throughout the world – including here in Canada.

Considering the horrendous oppression of women, lgbt people, and religious minorities – especially Christians – in areas under Wahhabist influence, it’s clear that the spread of Wahhabism is itself a severe abuse of human rights.

As a result, you would think that the Magnitsky Act should be directed towards Saudi Arabia first and foremost, as we are facing a potential existential threat due to their promotion of Wahhabism.

Furthermore, we must remember Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11. The families of those killed and injured in the attacks – including police officers and firefighters – launched a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, and pushed for the passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

Shamefully, after it passed the US Congress, former President Obama vetoed it, though the Congress later overrode the veto.

Why does Canada cave to Saudi Arabia?

The United States – under both Republican and Democratic administrations – have repeatedly sucked up to Saudi Arabia. In the case of the United States there was a somewhat understandable (though still unacceptable) rationale. Being so heavily reliant on oil imports from Saudi Arabia, the US wanted to keep the supply flowing. And since Saudi Arabia only accepts US Dollars for oil imports, the strength of the American Dollar as the world’s reserve currency is boosted.

However, the United States is increasingly becoming energy independent, making them far less reliant on Saudi oil. And with rising competition from the Chinese Yuan, the US is slowly losing their world currency monopoly. All of this means Saudi Arabia is less valuable to the United States than before, which should enable them to increase their distance.

But in Canada’s case, there is no logical reason for us to be so close to Saudi Arabia. In fact, we are a competitor in the oil market against Saudi Arabia and OPEC. We fight for market share against them. And our own people are put at risk by the rise of radical Islamism that Saudi Arabia has helped fuel.

As a result, there is no reason for us to be selling weapons to that country, and there is certainly no reason for us to ignore the horrendous human rights abuses and denial of individual freedom, suppression of free speech, and total absence of religious liberty that Saudi Arabia brutally imposes on their own people and tries to spread throughout the world.

That’s why any discussion of a “Magnistsky Act” must include a strong focus on Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, all our talk of “human rights” and “justice” will be nothing but empty words.

Spencer Fernando

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2 comments Add yours
  1. In SA there are vast tent villages which are unoccupied – very easy for refugees to settle there but SA – the champion of women’s rights (choke here) will not allow them – this is a travesty and the UN turns a blind eye ? Once again folks – money talks , bullshit walks – the UN is a morally bankrupt entity on a par with the Clinton Foundation .

  2. There is also the reliance of Saudi Arabian Oil imports for Canada. Why buy from Canadian provinces when you can get it from Saudi Arabia???

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