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Saudi Arabia: 10 brutal facts beyond the Raif Badawi case

Photo: The flogging of Raif Badawi has sparked public outcry around the world. © Aleksandra Zielińska Tomorrow marks eight weeks since the Saudi Arabian authorities publicly flogged the blogger and activist Raif Badawi, sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for “insulting Islam” and founding an online forum for political debate. After his first session of 50 lashes in front of a mosque in Jeddah on 9 January, a doctor advised prison authorities that his wounds had not healed sufficiently for him to undergo the second round of this brutal punishment.

Date:
5 March 2015
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5 ways you can help Raif Badawi

In May 2014, the Saudi Arabia government sentenced Raif Badawi to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. He was convicted of insulting Islam through his writings and on his website, which was set up to encourage public debate. On Friday 9 January 2015, Raif received the first 50 of 1,000 painful lashes. An eyewitness said that “he was silent, but you could tell that he was in real pain”. Raif is due to receive another 50 lashes, probably every Friday for 19 weeks.

Date:
15 January 2015
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Saudi Arabia: Every lash of Raif Badawi defies international law

Each of the remaining 950 lashes the Saudi Arabian authorities plan to inflict upon dissident blogger Raif Badawi will bludgeon freedom of expression and make a mockery of the country’s international human rights obligations, Amnesty International warned amid fears his public flogging could resume as soon as tomorrow. These fears have been heightened after Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced in the media on 6 June it had upheld a sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for Raif Badawi, with no room to appeal the ruling.

Date:
11 June 2015
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Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of the arrest of Raif Badawi

On the anniversary of the arrest of Raif Badawi, Amnesty International is writing to the King of Saudi Arabia calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Badawi as he has been detained and charged solely for the legitimate, peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression. Raif Badawi, the 29-year-old founder of a website for political and social debate, Saudi Arabian Liberals, has been detained since 17 June 2012 in a prison in Briman, Jeddah.

Date:
17 June 2013
Ref:
MDE 23/021/2013
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Saudi Arabia: Further information: Despite medical committee, Raif remains at risk: Raif Badawi

Although Raif Badawi’s scheduled public flogging on Friday 23 January was not carried out, the prison doctor who examined Raif Badawi that morning argued he was fit to be flogged. This is in direct contradiction to the recommendation of a medical committee only two days earlier. He continues to be at risk of receiving the remaining 950 lashes.

Date:
26 January 2015
Ref:
MDE 23/0008/2015
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Saudi Arabia: Arrest of human rights defender Samar Badawi latest attempt to intimidate activists

The arrest of Samar Badawi, a prominent human rights defender, is the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s utter contempt for its human rights obligations and provides further damning proof of the authorities’ intent to supress all signs of peaceful dissent, said Amnesty International. According to local activists, Samar Badawi was arrested in the morning on 12 January in Jeddah and transferred along with her two-year-old daughter Joud to a police station.

Date:
12 January 2016
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Saudi Arabia: UN expert working group highlights appalling record on unlawful detention of peaceful activists

A UN Working Group has determined that the Saudi Arabian authorities have arbitrarily detained nine peaceful activists in blatant violation of international law, in an Opinion that sets out damning evidence of Saudi Arabia’s utter disregard for human rights, said Amnesty International today. Amnesty International has repeatedly called for the immediate and unconditional release of all nine activists, whom it considers prisoners of conscience.

Date:
23 November 2015
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Saudi Arabia: A year of bloody repression since flogging of Raif Badawi

The human rights situation in Saudi Arabia has steadily deteriorated over the year since blogger Raif Badawi was publicly flogged for exercising his right to free expression, said Amnesty International the day before the first anniversary of the flogging. The past year has seen the Kingdom’s human rights record go from bad to worse. Most recently the mass execution of 47 people in a single day, including Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, sent shockwaves across the region.

Date:
8 January 2016
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6 ways you can help Raif Badawi and other activists in Saudi Arabia

One year after Raif Badawi was publicly flogged, he and many other activists across Saudi Arabia urgently need your support. A year after the international outcry over his public flogging, Raif Badawi and dozens of activists remain in prison and at risk of cruel punishments in Saudi Arabia. More and more are being sentenced under a harsh counter-terrorism law, while Saudi Arabia’s allies shamelessly back the Kingdom’s repression in the name of the so-called ‘war on terror’.

Date:
7 January 2016