Algonquin College should cut ties with Saudi Arabia campus: union

The union representing academic staff at Algonquin College is calling on the school to sever ties with its Saudi Arabia campus after the country executed 47 prisoners convicted on terrorism charges four days ago.

“Some of them were executed for their peaceful exercise of disagreement with the regime,” said Jack Wilson, a professor at the college and a vice-president of the faculty’s union, on Wednesday.

“And we don’t think it’s appropriate for us to be doing business with a country that has such flagrant abuses of human rights.”

On Jan. 2, Saudi Arabia announced it had executed 47 prisoners convicted of terrorism charges, including al-Qaeda detainees and Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who had rallied protests against the government.

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