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Why Saudi Arabia is so afraid of Raif Badawi?

Why Saudi Arabia is so afraid of Raif Badawi?

Posted: 30th October 2015 By: Evelyne Abitbol Category: Fondation News, Fondation Raif Badawi News, News Comment: 0

By Sara Yasin

1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison.

That’s the punishment Saudi Arabia handed to Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old blogger and writer accused of creating an online space promoting secularism, and questioning the country’s religious establishment.

The Saudi government ordered that Badawi receive 50 lashes every Friday for 20 weeks. Video of the first round of lashes on Jan. 9 sparked outrage around the world.

Badawi’s scheduled floggings were soon postponed on medical grounds, according to Amnesty International. As the group has pointed out, flogging — a punishment for a number of crimes in Saudi Arabia — is “prohibited under international law, along with other forms of corporal punishment.”

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