Free and safeguard the liberal Saudi Raif Badawy, NO 600 LASHES!!
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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Mr. David Cameron
Delegation of the European Union to Saudi Arabia
Botschaft des Königreichs Saudi Arabien
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. Washington, DC
Secretary-General of the United Nations

Free and safeguard the liberal Saudi Raif Badawy, NO 600 LASHES!!

    1. Atheer Al-Ani
    2. Petition by

      Atheer Al-Ani

      Magdeburg, Germany

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!!

http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/07/30/saudi-arabia-600-lashes-7-years-activist

Raef Badawi, a Saudi who is one of the establishers of the "Liberal Saudi Network", which angered Ultra-orthodox clerics of Saudi Arabia could be beheaded soon for a claimed "apostasy" if no action is taken.

The news in Arabic about this issue is numerous, in English it has not got good attention till now, however, this piece of news has been 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.”
The full article below:
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/saudi-rights-activist-faces-apostasy-charge-154957146.html

German: http://www.humanist-news.com/abfall-vom-islam-menschenrechtsaktivist-in-saudi-arabien-droht-die-todesstrafe/

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.

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    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. Saudi blogger may face death penalty for apostasy

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      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/

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

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      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.

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

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      (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

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

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      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??

    7. Reached 8,000 signatures
    8. HRW: on Raif Badawi

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      "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

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

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      "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

    11. Reached 4,000 signatures
    12. Facebook Page - Save & Free Raef Badawy

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

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

    13. Decision-maker The Muslim Canadian Congress responds:

      The Muslim Canadian Congress

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


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

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      (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

    15. King International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      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.

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

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      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.

    17. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    • brian eggo EAST KIBRIDE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 15 hours ago

      Let's move out of the dark ages please. This is inhumane

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    • Andre Cournand TUNAPUNA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
      • 1 day ago

      Because this is unnecessary and unfair

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    • Mary Linn SASKATOON, CANADA
      • 1 day ago

      This is bullshit, he shouldn't be punished for this!!!!

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    • Bilal Ali BARRIE, CANADA
      • 1 day ago

      This is murder! Every person is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions! No one has the right to judge, and NO ONE has the right to take away a person's LIFE for choosing a different path than yours. Please just LEAVE HIM ALONE. He is not hurting you, just keep believing what you want to believe and let him be who he wants to be. Have some humanity and peace Saudi Arabia.

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      • 2 days ago

      I'm concerned with the right to free speech!!!

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