European Parliament awards Sakharov Prize to Raif Badawi

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 […]

Quebec calls on Trudeau to help release Raif Badawi

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 […]

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 […]