Letter From Saudi Arabia

          Note from the Foundation: Raif was writing about the importance for his country to implemente reforms especially for the youth, etc. Thomas L. Friedman Foreign affairs, globalization and technology. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia is a country that is easier to write about from afar, where you can just […]

Austria censures Saudi on human rights record

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has openly criticized Saudi Arabia over its dismal human rights records and its promotion of the Wahabbi ideology. During a Thursday meeting with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Kurz said that Austria is at loggerheads with Saudi Arabia over human rights issues and views numerous death penalties handed down in […]

Urgent – Ashraf’s father died

URGENT. Message from Ashraf’s brother, Mounir Fayad, on facebook. “After learning the news of the judgment of my brother, my father has undergone a crisis because hypertension  which had a major brain hemorrhage underwent in emergency surgery. It has remained in the ICU five days in very critical situation that has not been overcome. Rest […]

Saudi Arabia: Ashraf Fayadh sentenced to death

PEN is appalled at the news that Ashraf Fayadh, a poet, artist, curator, and member of British-Saudi art organisation Edge of Arabia, has been sentenced to death. According to reports, Fayadh, originally sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes in May 2014, is now due to be executed following a retrial. Read more.

Open letter from Vienna

The Austrian Green Party wrote an open letter to the Chancellor and the Minister of Foreign Affairs after Ensaf Haidar has visited Vienna this October. We are grateful and excited about this initiative. Open letter of the Green Party to the Austrian Chancellor and the Minister of Foreign Affairs October 9th, 2015 Dear Mr. Chancellor, […]


Von CLAUDIA VON DÜHREN Die Freitage sind am schlimmsten. Dann muss Ensaf Haidar (39) fürchten, dass ihr Ehemann erneut unter die Knute des saudi-arabischen Regimes gerät. Der liberale Internet-Aktivist Raif Badawi (31) wurde im Mai 2014 zu zehn Jahren Haft und 1000 Peitschenhieben verurteilt, da er seine Meinung frei geäußert hat. An einem Freitag im Januar wurden die ersten […]