Canada concerned by escalating tensions in eastern Saudi Arabia 


July 27, 2017 - Ottawa, Canada - Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement regarding the developing situation in Saudi Arabia:

“Canada is concerned by the escalating violence in eastern Saudi Arabia, which has resulted in civilian and security force casualties. We recognize that Saudi Arabia faces security challenges, but we urge local authorities to work with all communities to defuse tensions. All such challenges must be addressed in a manner that abides by international human rights law.

“In light of recent executions and the decision of the supreme court of Saudi Arabia to uphold the death sentences of 14 individuals, Canada reiterates its firm opposition to the death penalty, in all cases, everywhere.

“Canada will continue to closely monitor the situation. Canadians expecting to travel to the region are advised to check Travel Advice and Advisories ( for the latest information.”


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