Saudi Student and Blogger Raif Badawi to Be Given more Lashes in Prison

November 14, 2016

In a statement, the Raif Badawi Foundation said it had received the confirmation from the same source that had notified his family and associates about the first set of 50 lashes, which were served on January 9, 2015. 

 

 

According to Human Rights Watch, Raif Badawi, 32, is among a group of peaceful critics that Saudi Arabia has attempted to silence in response to a wave of online activism in recent years. Badawi co-founded the website “Saudi Liberal Network,” an online platform that encouraged debate on political and religious issues. Authorities arrested Badawi in June 2012 over comments made on the website and on social media. On July 29, 2013, the Jeddah Criminal Court sentenced him to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for insulting Islam and violating provisions of the kingdom’s 2007 anti-cybercrime law.

 

On May 7, 2014, an appeals court increased Badawi’s sentence to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, and fined him one million Saudi Riyals ($US266,000). Saudi authorities carried out a flogging session on January 9, 2015, in front of a crowded mosque in Jeddah. On June 6, 2015, the Supreme Court upheld Badawi’s 10-year prison sentence. Badawi was the European Parliament's 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in October 2015

 

In contrast to the first round of punishment, which was performed in a public place, the next lashing was reportedly due to be carried out inside prison. Following injuries after his first flogging, Badawi's remaining 950 lashes had to be postponed indefinitely.

 

The foundation said it had called on the Saudi government and royal family to intervene and stop the punishment. It has also asked the government to pardon Badawi and to deprive him of his Saudi citizenship, so he could be reunited with his family, who reside in Canada where they were granted asylum.

 

The announcement comes ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair, where the Raif Badawi Foundation is expected to give a journalism award to a radio station based in northern Iraq.

NWE radio for refugees has been hailed for its efforts to broadcast news, with information in three languages for internally displaced Iraqis fleeing from the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) movement.

 

Please send appeals to:

 

Adel bin Ahmed Al- Jubeir

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Nasseriya Street

Riyadh 11124

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax: +966 1 403 0645

 

Prince Turki bin Khaled Al-Sudairy

President

Human Rights Commission

P.O. Box 58889

Building No. 373

King Fahad Road

Riyadh 11515

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax: +966 1 4612061

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