The wife of imprisoned human rights activist Raif Badawi, Ensaf Haidar has posted the following message arguing that the Burqa should be banned.
“As a Canadian who was born in Saudi Arabia under laws of Sharia where human rights are non-existent, I realised the power mysognist men [have] over powerless women with no rights.
As a refugee in Quebec and Canada I have noticed the fast growth of Islamist groups loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Saudi clergy imposing the Burqa and enforcing Niqab on girls and women as political flags to mark jihadi territory.
Nowhere in Islam is a woman required to cover her face. This is medievalist mysoginy [sic] that treats women as animals and property of men and shamed into attire that befits slavery, not humanity.
It is for this reason that on the first day as a Canadian I have raised the issue of banning the Burqa and Niqab in Ontario as I feel Premier Ford is a man who will listen to my plea and end the war by deception being waged by Islamists against Canadian values.”
Raif Badawi is a Saudi writer and activist, as well as the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals.
Badawi was arrested in 2012 on a charge of “insulting Islam through electronic channels” and brought to court on several charges, including apostasy.
In 2013 he was convicted on several charges and sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.
In 2014 his sentence was increased to 10 years in prison, 1000 lashes, and a fine.
The flogging was to be carried out over 20 weeks. The first 50 lashes were administered on 9 January 2015.
The second flogging has been postponed more than twelve times.
His wife, Ensaf Haidar, took refuge in Canada after her life was threatened in Saudi Arabia, and has become a Canadian citizen. She has worked tirelessly to plead her husband’s case and has had large amounts of success.
Why Does This Matter?
Ensaf’s background as a human rights activist is sure to bring new found energy to this topic, and will likely send shockwaves across the media.
More importantly, her direct statement that “As a refugee in Quebec and Canada I have noticed the fast growth of Islamist groups loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Saudi clergy imposing the Burqa and enforcing Niqab on girls and women as political flags to mark jihadi territory.”
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