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Raif Badawi

    Raif Badawi's wife Ensaf Haidar attends Amnistie Internationale Canada Francophone Vigil for Raif in Montreal
    Raif Badawi's wife Ensaf Haidar attends Amnistie Internationale Canada Francophone Vigil for Raif in Montreal
    Vigil for Raif in Montreal
    Vigil for Raif in Montreal
    Protest for Raif in Belgium
    Vigil for Raif in Denmark
    Protest for Raif in France
    Protest for Raif in Berlin, Germany
    Protest for Raif in Italy
    Vigil for Raif outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in the United Kingdom
    Protest for Raif in the Netherlands
    Protest for Raif in the Netherlands
    Alex Neve, Amnesty Canada's Secretary General, with torture survivor Naser al-Raas. Together at Saudi Embassy protest today for Raif Badawi
    Protest outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Ottawa, Canada
    Protest outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Ottawa, Canada
    Protest outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Ottawa, Canada
    Protest outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Ottawa, Canada
    Protest for Raif in Poland
    Protest for Raif in Finland
    Protest for Raif in Finland
     

    In June 2012, Raif Badawi was sentenced 10 years in prison, 1000 lashes and a fine of 1 million riyals (about $290,000 CDN) for setting up a website. Since then over 1 million people around the world have been part of a phenomenal groundswell of action. This outpouring of international pressure appears to have put the flogging on hold following the first 50 lashes in January 2015, yet the full sentence remains in place. Raif faces not just another five years in prison, but also the ongoing ordeal of wondering whether the flogging will resume. 

    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

    Postage: $2.50

    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

    Postage: $.85

    Telephone:  (613) 237-4100

    Fax:   (613) 237-0567

    Email:  caemb@mofa.gov.sa

    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.

    Write a personal letter 

    Sign and share Amnesty’s petition



    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

     

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