Second Hunger Strike and Isolated Cell

Ensaf Haidar, wife of Raif Badawi, has learned that her husband has just been transferred to an isolated cell in the Central Prison in Dhahran after undertaking a second hunger strike. The prison authorities have refused to allow him any health care. We urge the Red Cross and/or Doctors Without Borders, and/or any other international […]

Canada won’t grant citizenship to jailed blogger

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL – By Lynn Desjardins –  Saudi blogger Raif Badawi will not be granted Canadian citizenship, reports the Globe and Mail newspaper, because Canada’s foreign affairs minister does not believe that would help free him from a prison in Saudi Arabia. Minister Stephane Dion told the paper Saudia Arabia does not recognize dual citizenship […]

Writing of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi read at Montreal event marking 32nd birthday

MONTREAL GAZETTE – Actors, activists and media personalities gathered Friday night in Montreal to celebrate the 32nd birthday of Raif Badawi, imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for his writing. A number of actors, including Guylaine Tremblay, read the jailed blogger’s writing at the event. Ensaf Haidar, the wife of Badawi who lives in the Eastern Townships as […]

Samar Badawi: Saudi Arabia releases human rights activist from prison where her brother and husband are held

THE INDEPENDANT  UK – By Bill Law – If charged under Saudi Arabia’s draconian anti-terror legislation, Ms Badawi could be facing a lengthy jail sentence The Saudi human rights activist Samar Badawi was released from custody in the early hours of Wednesday morning. But her arrest has inflicted further damage to the reputation of a […]

Samar Badawi has been arrested

Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, activist for justice for Saudi women, was arrested and incarcerated in the same prison in which her brother, Raif Badawi, and her husband, Waleed Abulkair, also Raif Badawi’s lawyer, were previously imprisoned in Dharhan, Saudi Arabia. Saudi authorities have accused Samar of contributing to the @WaleedAbulkhair twitter account and also of posting […]

Thank God it’s not Friday

THE INDEPENDENT.IE – by John Masterson – Since the first session of his 1000 lashes the torture has been postponed each week as the religious police feel that it is important that you are in good health when you are flogged. There is no shortage of time. He also got ten years in jail for […]

One Year After He Was Flogged, Raif Badawi Remains a Prisoner

by Mark Aldrich One year ago today, a young writer was publicly whipped by his government for his writings. His words “insulted” his nation’s official religion, his government decreed. The worst part, of course, was that he published his words and that others in his nation read those words and even shared his opinions. Today […]