Free and safeguard the liberal Saudi Raif Badawy, NO 1000 LASHES!!
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Free and safeguard the liberal Saudi Raif Badawy, NO 1000 LASHES!!

    1. Atheer Al-Ani
    2. Petition by

      Atheer Al-Ani

      Magdeburg, Germany

Last Update: 12.09.2014
Update3: (07.05.2014) Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison! Help him!
Update2: (30.12.2013): Raif Badawi may face death penalty for apostasy
UPDATE1: 600 LASHES and 7 years prison for Raif Badawi, we have to stop implementing this court decision!!

Raef Badawi, a Saudi who is one of the establishers of the "Liberal Saudi Network", which angered Ultra-orthodox clerics of Saudi Arabia and has been sentenced to 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison.

Originally, he was expected to be sentenced to death for apostasy, for instance, as published by AFP:
“A Saudi court on Monday referred a rights activist to a higher court for alleged apostasy, a charge that could lead to the death penalty in the ultra-conservative kingdom, activists said.
A judge at a lower court referred Raef Badawi to a higher court, declaring that he "could not give a verdict in a case of apostasy," a rights activist told AFP. Apostasy means renunciation of a religious faith.
Badawi, who was arrested a June in the Red Sea city of Jeddah for unknown reasons, is a co-founder of the Saudi Liberal Network with female rights activist Suad al-Shammari and others.” 
http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/07/30/saudi-arabia-600-lashes-7-years-activist

Recent news links:
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/saudi-arabia-court-upholds-raif-badawis-sentence-ten-years-prison-1000-lashes-1463886

German: http://www.amnesty.de/urgent-action/ua-003-2013-5/haft-und-pruegelstrafe-bestaetigt

The sentence was 600 lashes and 7 years in prison,  then increased to 1000 lashes and 10 years, the appeal was refused and the sentence has been confirmed.

We demand that Saudi Arabia free and safeguard Raef Badawy and stop threatening people merely for expressing nonorthodox views on Islam or religion in general, because without freedom of speech, one can not counter the dangerous beliefs of extremist Islam that leads ultimately to terrorism and threatens the safety of all people around the world.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Act now to #FreeRaif: Calling for freedom gets you 10 Years, 1000 lashes

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      Time is running out for a young activist who called for greater freedom, and now faces devastating corporal punishment and a decade behind bars.
      Our governments are not doing enough. “We must act in solidarity with Raif Badawi ourselves.”
      http://iheu.org/act-now-to-freeraif-calling-for-freedom-gets-you-10-years-1000-lashes-in-saudi-arabia

      Act now to #FreeRaif: Calling for freedom gets you 10 Years, 1000 lashes, in Saudi Arabia

      Time is running out for a young activist who called for greater freedom, and now faces devastating corporal punishment and a decade behind bars. Our governments are not doing enough. "We must act in solidarity with Raif Badawi ourselves." http://iheu.org/act-now-to-freeraif-calling-for-freedom-gets-you-10-years-1000-lashes-in-saudi-arabia/ #FreeRaif via @IHEU Please share the above and see further actions you can take below.

    2. Raif Badawi, Appeal Denied, Will Soon Face Brutal Punishment for Blasphemy

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      Saudi dissident Raif Badawi, convicted of "insulting Islam," has had his appeal denied, and will soon have a brutal punishment inflicted upon him: 10 years in prison, separated from his wife and children; 1000 lashes, given in installments of 50 lashes every week, in public; a 10-year travel ban after his prison sentence; and a massive fine.

      Read more on:
      http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/saudi_court_denies_raif_badawis_appeal/

      Raif Badawi, Appeal Denied, Will Soon Face Brutal Punishment for Blasphemy | Center for Inquiry

      Raif Badawi, Appeal Denied, Will Soon Face Brutal Punishment for Blasphemy Update 9/10/2014 Saudi dissident Raif Badawi, convicted of "insulting Islam," has had his appeal denied, and will soon have a brutal punishment inflicted upon him: 10 years in prison, separated from his wife and children; 1000 lashes, given in installments of 50 lashes every week, in public; a 10-year travel ban after his prison sentence; and a massive fine.

    3. Reached 15,000 signatures
    4. UN rights experts outraged by extremely harsh sentence against blogger

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      Saudi Arabia: UN rights experts outraged by extremely harsh sentence against blogger
      GENEVA (15 May 2014) – A group of UN human rights experts today expressed alarm at the conviction to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and a 1 million Saudi riyal fine against Saudi online activist and blogger, Raef Badawi.
      “This outrageous conviction should be overturned and Mr. Badawi immediately released,” said the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion, Heiner Bielefeldt, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, the Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez and the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Mads Andenas.
      “Mr. Badawi is a prisoner of conscience, who has been convicted for peacefully expressing his views on religious and other issues,” they added.
      Read more on:
      http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=14597&Lang

    5. A thousand lashes and 10 years in prison for online Saudi Arabian activist

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia’s authorities to quash the outrageous sentencing today of Raif Badawi in connection with an online forum for public debate he set up and accusations that he insulted Islam.  Raif Badawi, co-founder of the “Saudi Arabian Liberals” website, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals (about US$266,631) by Jeddah’s Criminal Court.
      http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/thousand-lashes-and-10-years-prison-online-saudi-arabian-activist-2014-05-07

    6. Reached 12,500 signatures
    7. Saudi blogger may face death penalty for apostasy

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      Saudi blogger and activist, Raif Badawi, currently serving his 7-year prison term for “insulting Islam”, may soon appear in a higher court on graver charges of apostasy. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to death.
      http://rt.com/news/saudi-blogger-death-penalty-819/

    8. Reached 9,000 signatures
    9. German Federal Foreign Office: Human Rights Commissioner appalled

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      German Federal Foreign Office: Human Rights Commissioner appalled by sentence against blogger in Saudi Arabia

      Auswärtiges Amt - Information Service - Human Rights Commissioner appalled by sentence against blogger in Saudi Arabia

      "I am shocked at the tough sentence imposed on the blogger and internet activist Raif Badawi. Six hundred lashes of the whip and seven years' imprisonment are not only out of all proportion, but utterly inhuman. Freedom of opinion is a precious commodity and a universal human right.

    10. HRW: Saudi Arabia: 600 Lashes, 7 Years for Activist

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      (Beirut) – A Jeddah court on July 29, 2013, convicted a liberal activist of violating Saudi Arabia’s anti-cybercrime law and sentenced him to 600 lashes and seven years in prison. The Criminal Court found Raif Badawi, the founder of the Free Saudi Liberals website, guilty of insulting Islam through his website and in comments he made on television... more at:
      http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/07/30/saudi-arabia-600-lashes-7-years-activist

    11. Seven years prison & 600 lashes for Raif, DO SOMETHING!!

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      seven years prison & 600 hundred lashes for the liberal Saudi Raif Badawi, I want to see the liberal apologists for Islam in the west, I want to see the Muslim organizations which claim to represent "moderate Islam", I want to see those who lecture us as about the rights of terrorist Islamists. Someone is being tortured for speaking out against the ideology inspiring Terrorism and you are silent, don't you feel ashamed of yourselves??

    12. Reached 8,000 signatures
    13. HRW: on Raif Badawi

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      "On January 21, 2013 a Saudi higher court decided not to charge website editor Raif Badawi with apostasy. The pending charges against Badawi include “insulting Islam through electronic channels”, which does not carry the death penalty."
      http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/01/31/saudi-arabia-sweeping-injustices

    14. Reached 5,000 signatures
    15. AmnestyInt Saudi Arabia uses capital offence of ‘apostasy’ to stifle debate

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      "Badawi – who founded “Saudi Arabian Liberals”, a website for political and social debate – has been in detention since June 2012 on charges including “setting up a website that undermines general security” and ridiculing Islamic religious figures."
      The article below:
      http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/saudi-arabia-uses-capital-offence-apostasy-stifle-debate-2012-12-24

    16. Reached 4,000 signatures
    17. Facebook Page - Save & Free Raef Badawy

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      Save & Free Raef Badawy انقذوا وحرروا رائف بدوي
      https://www.facebook.com/FreeRaef

    18. Decision-maker The Muslim Canadian Congress responds:

      The Muslim Canadian Congress

      We are with you Raef Badawy. Hang in there; be brave.


    19. HRW: Saudi Arabia: Website Editor Facing Death Penalty

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      (Beirut) – Saudi authorities should immediately drop all charges against the detained editor of a website created to foster debate about religion and religious figures in Saudi Arabia.
      On December 17, 2012, the Jeddah District Court, which had been hearing the case against the editor, Raif Badawi, referred it to a higher court on a charge of apostasy, which carries the death penalty. The charges against him, based solely to Badawi’s involvement in setting up a website for peaceful discussion about religion and religious figures, violate his right to freedom of expression.
      continue reading at:
      http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/12/22/saudi-arabia-website-editor-facing-death-penalty

    20. King International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      Added to Recipients:
      "King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue",
      because I think tolerance among Muslims, ultra-orthodox, orthodox, and liberals, and also among Sunni-Shia should precede or at least accompany Interreligious and Intercultural tolerance and dialogue, if any interreligious dialogue is going to be fruitful.

    21. Adding some Muslim Councils and Organizations in the West to Recipients

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organizer

      I added some Muslim Councils and Organizations in the West to the Recipients, I think it is a good idea that Muslims in the west defend the basic rights of those claimed to be "apostates" in Muslim countries.

    22. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    • Robert FitzGibbon LONDON, CANADA
      • about 8 hours ago

      It's barbaric. Join the 21st century you bunch of sadistic cultists.

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    • Rachel Rutherford NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      This punishment is a barbaric attack on a man who has done nothing!

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    • Klaus Christ KOBLENZ, GERMANY
      • 5 days ago

      Wir können nicht einfach zusehen, dass ein Mensch wegen Meinungsäußerungen getötet oder zu anderen drastischen Strafen verurteilt wird. Ich kann diese Art von mittelalterlicher Rechtsauffassung nicht unterstützen und unterstütze lieber die Saudis, die eine Entwicklung zu mehr Modernität und Humanität wollen. Für mich hat das auch nichts mit Islam zu tun, sondern mit einer Gruppe von ewig gestrigen Menschen, die mit allen Mitteln ihre Macht behalten will.

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      • 5 days ago

      Es absolut ungerecht ist was da passiert

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    • Charbel Chidiac MIZIARA, LEBANON
      • 6 days ago

      The expression of an opinion is a human right. Raef Badawy is one of the few gems left who can give the middle east a fighting chance for getting out of the dark ages.

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