Memo shows Trudeau told to deepen ties to oil-rich Saudi Arabia

The censored version of the memo makes no mention of human rights, including imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, whose wife now lives in Quebec. OTTAWA — THE CANADIAN PRESS – By: Mike Blanchfield – Federal officials have told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada’s strategic interest would be well served by strengthening economic ties with […]

Saudi Arabia’s ISIS-Like Justice

THE DAILY BEAST – by Maajid Nawaz – Most countries ushered in their new year by hosting increasingly beautiful displays of fireworks. Others, by increasingly archaic displays of public execution. Today Saudi Arabia executed 47 people, which is the biggest mass execution in the kingdom since the early 1980s. This follows a blood-soaked 2015, in […]

Saudi Arabia: ‘one year since flogging’ vigil (Fri 8 Jan) for Raif Badawi as crackdown intensifies

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – Activists’ placards will say ‘King Salman: end the crackdown’ Amnesty International is holding a protest vigil for the jailed blogger and free speech activist Raif Badawi outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in central London on Friday morning to mark the one-year anniversary of his flogging last year, as a human rights crackdown […]

Vigil for Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair

English PEN has been holding regular vigils outside the Saudi Embassy in London in support of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi and his lawyer and brother-in-law Waleed Abulkhair since January 2015 when Badawi was first flogged for his peaceful activism. A year later, we are continuing to call for the immediate and unconditional release of Badawi, […]

In the Parliament in Vienna VIDEO: For the German speaking people here is a broadcasting by Austrian okto-TV of a reading from Ensaf’s book “Freshet für Raif Badawi, die Liebe meines Lebens” in the parliament in Vienna – in the presence of Ensaf Haidar. Speech of Eva Glawischnig, leader of the Ausstrian Green Party,  and our supporter Nina H. […]

Health concerns for imprisoned Saudi blogger

Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badaw (official website)—a recent recipient of the prestigious European human rights award, the Sakharov Prize—has suffered fainting spells and deteriorating health owing to the lengthy hunger strike he initiated more than 20 days ago. According to Ensaf Haidar, Badawi’s wife who was recently granted asylum in Canada, the strike was initiated […]

ART OF FREEDOM. FREEDOM OF ART. The idea. The project. The team.

“Art of Freedom. Freedom of Art.” is a reflection of the special protections that art and expression enjoy in Germany. But beyond showcasing the German position, the project also scrutinizes how people in other countries deal with their own circumstances. In these hard-hitting features, artists from various countries share their views on their ongoing campaign […]