Badawi’s Absence Is a Presence at Prize Ceremony

Badawi’s Absence Is a Presence at Prize Ceremony

Posted: 28th December 2015 By: Evelyne Abitbol Category: Blog, The Raif Badawi Fondation Blog Comment: 0


Blog by Marc Aldrich “Raif is not a criminal. He is a writer and a free thinker: that is all. Raif Badawi’s crime is being a free voice in a country which does not accept anything other than a single opinion and a single thought.”—Ensaf Haidar

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, accepted the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, this morning. Badawi’s absence was itself a presence at the ceremony. He remains in Dhaban Central Prison, where he was moved late last week, as I reported here at the time.





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