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 […]

Supporters Met By Closed Doors At Saudi Embassy

OTTAWA — Supporters of Raif Badawi found themselves up against the closed doors of Saudi Arabia’s embassy Monday as they tried unsuccessfully to deliver 31,000 letters demanding the imprisoned blogger’s release. Badawi, whose wife and three children live in Quebec, was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his criticism of Saudi […]

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 […]

Stop the Jihadi Onslaught Against Atheists and Free Thinkers

By Maajid Nawaz, Quilliam Foundation Founder and Member of the International Board of The Raif Badawi Foundation. First published on The Daily Beast. LONDON — Fifty-one percent of Americans say they wouldn’t vote for a Muslim President. To be clear, that’s 51 percent too many. My fellow Muslims are naturally disturbed by the implications of this sentiment […]

Raif Awarded the 2015 PEN Pinter Prize

Saudi blogger and activist Raif Badawi will share the 2015 PEN Pinter Prize with British poet, journalist and literary critic James Fenton. Badawi was named the 2015 International Writer of Courage, selected by Fenton from a shortlist of international cases of concern supported by English PEN, during a public event held this evening at the […]

2015 Sakharov Prize Nominations Announced

The nominations for Parliament´s 2015 Sakharov Prize were formally presented this Monday 28 September at a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Development committees and the Human Rights subcommittee. The Sakharov prize is awarded every year to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression. The winner will be selected in late October. […]

Official Launch of The Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom (RBFF)

MONTREAL, Sept.11, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Today the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom was officially launched by friends and family. The Foundation is named after the blogger, who is imprisoned since 2012. Raif Badawi was condemned to a thousand lashes in Saudi Arabia, for he was accused of apostasy and of insult to Islam. The Foundation’s objectives are to […]

Raif Awarded The Honour Of The City of Strasbourg

Ensaf Haidar, wife of Raif Badawi, attended Strasbourg, France, today to collect The Medal of honour of the City of Strasbourg on behalf of her imprisoned husband. The ceremony, presided over by The Mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, took place on Wednesday September 9th at Hotel de Ville, Strasbourg. In attendance were Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, Deputy […]