Thursday, January 8, 2015

U.S. State Department: Statement on the Sentence of Saudi Human Rights Activist Raif Badawi, Amnesty International Press Release, ONLINE PETITION and URGENT ACTION - January 8, 2015

" We are greatly concerned by reports that human rights activist Raif Badawi will start facing the inhumane punishment of a 1,000 lashes, in addition to serving a 10-year sentence in prison for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and religion. The United States Government calls on Saudi authorities to cancel this brutal punishment and to review Badawi’s case and sentence. The United States strongly opposes laws, including apostasy laws, that restrict the exercise of these freedoms, and urges all countries to uphold these rights in practice."

Click here for the entire statement from the U.S. State Department. 

     Amnesty International has been working for Raif's release. Here is a press release from Amnesty International issued today.

Also, here is a link to an ONLINE PETITION from Amnesty International.URGENT ACTION (letter writing) information can be found here.

1/9/2015 IMPORTANT UPDATE from Amnesty International.
"Amnesty International has been informed that Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger and prisoner of conscience, was publicly flogged on 9 January. Flogging violates the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in international law. He will be flogged every week for the next 20 weeks, 1000 lashes in all." Click here for entire AI Update.