Why Saudi Arabia is so afraid of Raif Badawi?

By Sara Yasin 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison. That’s the punishment Saudi Arabia handed to Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old blogger and writer accused of creating an online space promoting secularism, and questioning the country’s religious establishment. The Saudi government ordered that Badawi receive 50 lashes every Friday for 20 weeks. Video of the […]

Blasphemy and Double Standards

WORLD AFFAIRS – By Joelle Fiss – Since the shooting in Texas targeting artists portraying the Prophet Muhammad, it is worth examining the US treatment of and reaction to blasphemy. In June 2011, the Broadway show The Book of Mormon received 14 nominations at the annual Tony awards (more than any other production) and won […]

Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Gets Sakharov Prize, Top E.U. Human Rights Award

NEW YORK TIMES – LONDON — Raif Badawi, a blogger and activist who has been imprisoned and flogged publicly for criticizing Saudi Arabia’s religious establishment, was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s top human rights award, on Thursday. by SEWELL CHAN Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, who announced […]

Saudi blogger who was flogged is awarded EU’s top human rights prize

Alexandra ZavisContact Reporter A Saudi Arabian blogger, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize Thursday in a gesture of support for freedom of expression in the conservative kingdom. The harsh penalties imposed on Raif Badawi for starting a website carrying content critical […]

Why freeing Badawi matters for EU-Saudi relations – Alyn Smith, MEP

Free Raif Badawi and all prisoners of conscience, because such a precedent would create more opportunities for human rights reforms in Saudi Arabia, writes Alyn Smith. MEP Alyn Smith is a Scottish, SNP member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and a member of the Arab Peninsula Delegation. You can follow him […]

European Parliament awards Sakharov Prize to Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi is the laureate of this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, following an October 29 decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Badawi is a blogger from Saudi Arabia currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for insulting Islam on his website promoting social, political and religious debate. The […]