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Free and safeguard the liberal Saudi Raif Badawy, NO 1000 LASHES!!
  • Petitioning Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

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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
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
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue

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

    1. Atheer Al-Ani
    2. Petition by

      Atheer Al-Ani

      Magdeburg, Germany

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!!

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 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.”
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/

The sentence was 600 lashes and 7 years in prison,  then increased to 1000 lashes and 10 years.

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

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      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

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

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

      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

    4. Reached 12,500 signatures
    5. 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/

    6. Reached 9,000 signatures
    7. 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.

    8. 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

    9. 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??

    10. Reached 8,000 signatures
    11. 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

    12. Reached 5,000 signatures
    13. 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

    14. Reached 4,000 signatures
    15. Facebook Page - Save & Free Raef Badawy

      Atheer Al-Ani
      Petition Organiser

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

    16. Decision-maker The Muslim Canadian Congress responds:

      The Muslim Canadian Congress

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


    17. 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

    18. 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.

    19. 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.

    20. Reached 3,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Padraig McGloin WATERFORD, IRELAND
      • 3 days ago

      Freedom of speech is one of the most important freedoms. Any country that doesn't support this is not just unjust but immoral.

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    • M Koch ALMERE, NETHERLANDS
      • 3 days ago

      KSA please respect Human Rights!!!

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    • Garry Carter NEW YORK CITY, NY
      • 4 days ago

      FREEDOM OF SPEECH !!!!!!

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    • Vivienne Crawford LUDDENDENFOOT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 days ago

      Mr Badawi is brave & rational. We should do everything we can to safeguard him & the very few like him within SA.

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    • Kurniati Shinta D DEPOK 1, INDONESIA
      • 5 days ago

      Ridiculous charges. Inhumane punishment.

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