The New York times – LONDON — Raif Badawi, a blogger and activist who has been imprisoned and publicly flogged for criticizing Saudi Arabia’s religious establishment, was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s top human rights award, on Thursday. Read more.
Raif Badawi is the laureate of this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, following an October 29 decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Badawi is a blogger from Saudi Arabia currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for insulting Islam on his website promoting social, political and religious debate. The […]
CAROLINE PLANTE, MONTREAL GAZETTE The Quebec government granted Badawi last June a selection certificate, a first step meant to speed up his immigration process. “What we heard during the (election) campaign and even before the campaign is that Mr. Trudeau is ready to be proactive in terms of intervening,” said Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil. St-Pierre said the Badawi […]
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 […]
BY ANTJE SCHIPPMANN, BILD When you meet Ensaf Haidar, she always has her phone with her. It could be that her husband, the condemned Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi, may call her for a few minutes from his prison. These rare windows of time are precious. For a few moments she can tell him how she […]