The photos above display how embassies around the world have been bombarded with urgent pleas to release Raif, and Amnesty International activists have spread the word on the internet and taken the message to the streets in Ottawa, Montreal, Oslo, London, Rome…
Sign and share our petition now
For years, the Saudi Arabian the authorities have conducted a relentless campaign of repression in the name of security. The authorities have cracked down on peaceful activists calling for reforms and on demonstrators protesting against human rights violations. Those who express dissent face arrest and imprisonment whether they are critics, bloggers, activists or academics. Raif Badawi is just one of many.
Your voice makes a difference. Please continue to speak out for human rights in Saudi Arabia.
Raif's wife, Ensaf Haidar, says thank you to Amnesty supporters. Watch video message.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Share Amnesty's petition
Share a link to Amnesty's petition: www.amnesty.ca/badawi
On Twitter you can use the hashtags #FreeRaif #RaifBadawi and #StopTorture.
Here is a suggested tweet: #SaudiArabia: Freedom not flogging for #RaifBadawi. Add your voice to #StopTorture & #FreeRaif. www.amnesty.ca/badawi
2. Speak up in solidarity - tell Raif he is not forgotten
Tweet @raif_badawi and his wife Ensaf Haidar will pass it on. Suggested tweet:
.@raif_badawi you are not forgotten #FreeRaif #Istandwithraif #Saudi
3. Mail or fax a letter to Saudi officials
Call for the immediate and unconditional release of Raif Badawi and all prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia.
Send your message to:
His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
Ministry of the Interior
P.O. Box 2933, Airport Road
Riyadh 11134, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: 011 966 11 403 3125 (hard to reach)
Please send copies to:
His Excellency Naif Bandir A. Alsudairy
Ambassador for Saudi Arabia
201 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1K6
Telephone: (613) 237-4100
Fax: (613) 237-0567
Via website: http://embassies.mofa.gov.sa/sites/canada/EN/Ambassador/Pages/Contact.aspx
4. Write a letter to help free Raif's lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair
Waleed Abu al-Khair, a human rights defender and lawyer for imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, is currently serving a 15 year sentence in addition to a fine of 200,000 Saudi Arabian riyals (approximately $67,000 CAD) and a 15-year travel ban. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience detained solely for his peaceful human rights work.
In 2008, Waleed Abu al-Khair founded the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, one of the few local NGOs documenting human rights violations in the country. In addition to Raif Badawi, Waleed Abu al-Khair has represented many victims of human rights violations, despite being told by the government to stop representing specific defendants, namely activists and reformists.
5. Call on Canada to do more
Raif Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar and their three young children were resettled to Canada as refugees three and half years ago. They live in Quebec and have permanent resident status. Canada is well positioned to urge Saudi officials to release Mr. Badawi.
Write to Prime Minister Trudeau and urge him to ensure that there is a consistent effort across the government from all Ministers and other senior officials who have the opportunity to press actively for Mr. Badawi’s release and reunion with his family in Canada.
Send your letters to:
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Email via webform: https://pm.gc.ca/eng/connect