Raif has been sentenced to the most barbaric punishment. Raif has been sentenced to a thousand lashes and a ten year prison sentence.
For only a peaceful website allowing people to express what they think.
We believe there are good people in Saudi Arabia who will hear this, who will hear your voices. All the way, from this great country, they will listen to you.
So, when they are released - and they will be released, those folks that Amnesty fight for, particularly Raif - it will be... a Beautiful Day.
Raif Badawi's is an important voice for all of us to hear, mild, nuanced and clear. His examination of his culture is perceptive and rigorous. Of course he must be saved from the dreadful sentence against him and the appalling conditions of his imprisonment. But, he must also be read, so that we understand the struggle within Islam between suffocating orthodoxy and free expression, and make sure we find oursleves on the right side of that struggle.
Raif Badawi should be celebrated as a wonderful satirical and brilliant writer rather than reviled and sentenced to prison for his work. If Saudi Arabia wants to prove they have moved beyond the Middle Ages to join the ranks of the modern world they need to release him immediately, and also indicate their support for free thought and open discussion. Raif’s voice needs to continue to be heard, for the good of his own country.
Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1000 lashes because he blogged for individual liberty and called for reason in dark Saudi Arabia. He is a hero.
Freedom of speech is the public good that safeguards all others. It is the basis of science—and of intellectual and social progress generally—and it remains the only assurance that human beings can pursue their diverse ends through conversation and compromise, rather than through oppression and violence. Few governments ignore these truths as shamelessly as the current regime of Saudi Arabia. And nothing attests to its barbarism more clearly than the imprisonment and torture of Raif Badawi.
By going up against the Saudis' human rights abuses and free speech restrictions, Raif Badawi has done what even Barack Obama won't do. Yet, of the two, it is Obama who has a Nobel Peace Prize. This year, the Nobel Committee needs to change that.
Raif Badawi is very brave. Also his wife Ensaf Haidar. Amnesty is in solidarity with him and his family.
Raif Badawi was unjustifiably sentenced to a barbaric punishment simply for exercising his fundamental human right of expressing his opinion. I press for Badawi's immediate exoneration and release. I call the Saudi Arabian regime to stop the disgraceful persecution of peaceful activists who merely wish to voice their opinions and encourage it to adopt the values of freedom of expression
As more and more people learn of his situation and suffering, Raif Badawi is becoming a global icon for a universal right to freedom of speech.
Every state in the world, regardless of religion or politics should be required to respect basic human rights as defined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 - or face prosecution in the International Criminal Court.
I am appealing for clemency for Raif Badawi. Please may he be released to join his family in Canada. We are all members of faiths that underscore mercy and forgiveness.
The organized jewish community stands with you and your family in solidarity as you endure this unjust ordeal, an ordeal your family has been living for far too long.
Freedom of expression is one of the most important of all human rights. It is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Raif Badawi sought to exercise his right to free expression by promoting critical thought and debate. For his peaceful expression of ideas, the Saudi Arabian authorities have jailed and flogged him, in violation of international humanitarian law. Raif Badawi is a political prisoner and a hero of freedom and liberty. I urge the Saudi government to release him and to respect the right of all its citizens to think, speak and write freely.
If one considers that there are heroes in our time, Raif Badawi is definitely one of them. His simple sense of freedom is a threat to the entire dictatorial state of Saudi Arabia, his ideas and words are a revolution for us all. Wheras Saudi Arabia's bloody regime is torturing Raif's body and limiting his freedom through imprisonment, they cannot prevent making his ideas stronger and bigger... Badawi's ideas are everywhere now, in many people, and they are in me as well.
Raif is far braver than me that's for sure and far braver than many. Both of us are Arab and liberals, in my case I am in Atheist and very public about it. I could have been Raif if I was caught by the government or an Islamic milita when I was living in the Middle east.