As President Obama Visits Saudi Arabia, McGovern Calls for Release of Human Rights Prisoner Raif Badawi

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Obama visits Saudi Arabia this week, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) – a leading voice in Congress on human rights – spoke on the House floor to call for the release of  Saudi Arabian blogger, Raif Badawi. Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for his liberal […]

President Obama Urged to Meet with Civil Society Leaders, Press Saudi Government to Release Jailed Activists During Upcoming Trip

Human Rights First – Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today called on President Obama to raise human rights concerns with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders during his trip to Saudi Arabia to participate in the GCC Summit on April 21. The call came in a letter to the president, urging him to highlight the […]

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi awarded freedom of speech prize

 THE GUARDIAN – by  Jasper Jackson Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, will collect the freedom of speech award on his behalf. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA IPA Freedom to Publish committee chose writer due to his ‘disgraceful ongoing punishment and the extreme risk he ran to express his ideas’ Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, […]