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Free Raif Badawi

by English PEN category: Cause

“Today marks three years since Raif Badawi’s arrest. We call on #SaudiArabia to release him immediately #FreeRaif http://thndr.it/1dl4EU2

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Free Raif Badawi

Activist and blogger Raif Badawi was first arrested on 17 June 2012. Three years later he remains in prison on charges that are widely believed to be politically motivated.

Raif Badawi had already spent almost two years in prison before being convicted in May 2014 for insulting Islam and founding a liberal website. He received a fine of 1 million riyals (£175,000) and a ten-year prison sentence. In addition, the court in Jeddah sentenced Badawi to 1,000 lashes.

On 9 January 2015, after morning prayers, Badawi was flogged 50 times. This punishment was due to continue every Friday until he had received a total of 1,000 lashes. However, subsequent floggings have not gone ahead, initially because Badawi was deemed not to have recovered sufficiently from the previous punishment. No explanation has been given for the postponement of further floggings.

Meanwhile, his lawyer and brother-in-law Waleed Abulkhair, is serving 15 years in prison, for his peaceful activism.

To mark the third anniversary of Raif Badawi's arrest, we are joining forces with other organisations and individuals actively campaigning on behalf of Raif Badawi and his lawyer and brother-in-law Waleed Abulkhair to organise a Day of Action on 17 June 2015.

We are calling for Raif Badawi’s sentence of flogging to be overturned, as well as for his conviction to be quashed.

We are demanding that the Saudi authorities release Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair immediately and unconditionally. 

We are urging the UK government to cease providing arms to the Saudi government whilst it continues to abuse the human rights of its citizens.

Join us.

https://freeraifbadawi.wordpress.com/

**This Thunderclap is part of a wider Day of Action for Raif Badawi. If you are in London on 17 June, please join us in person. More details here: http://www.englishpen.org/campaigns/day-of-action-for-raif-badawi/ **

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