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Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Gets Sakharov Prize, Top E.U. Human Rights Award

Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Gets Sakharov Prize, Top E.U. Human Rights Award

Posted: 29th October 2015 By: Evelyne Abitbol Category: News Comment: 0
Images of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi during a demonstration in support of him outside the Saudi Embassy in Berlin in June. Credit Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Images of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi during a demonstration in support of him outside the Saudi Embassy in Berlin in June. Credit Carsten Koall/Getty Images

NEW YORK TIMES – LONDON — Raif Badawi, a blogger and activist who has been imprisoned and flogged publicly 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.

by SEWELL CHAN

Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, who announced the award, called Mr. Badawi “an extremely good man, an exemplary man who has had imposed on him one of the most gruesome penalties,” one that “can only really be described as brutal torture.” Mr. Schulz urged the Saudi king to “immediately grant mercy to Mr. Badawi and to free him so that he can accept The prizes.”

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