The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain as well as the Palestinian Authority have all stood by Saudi Arabia amid the country’s spat with Canada, according to the kingdom’s state media.
Yet, the U.S. — traditionally one of Canada’s most important friends — has stayed on the sidelines of the dispute thus far.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told a briefing Wednesday: “Both sides need to diplomatically resolve of which together. We can’t do the item for them; they need to resolve the item together.”
Elsewhere, leading women’s rights campaigner Manal-al-Sharif thanked Canada for “speaking up” on Monday, before questioning whether various other global leaders would certainly be prepared to follow suit.
Amnesty International also called on the broader international community to follow Canada’s lead as well as speak out against human rights abuses.
The campaign group specifically urged Western powers with influence over Saudi Arabia — such as the U.S., U.K. as well as France — to stand up for civil society activists.
“the globe cannot continue to look the various other way as of which relentless persecution of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia continues. the item will be currently time for various other governments to join Canada in increasing the pressure on Saudi Arabia to Discharge all prisoners of conscience immediately as well as unconditionally, as well as end the crackdown on freedom of expression inside country,” Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East director of campaigns, said Monday.