Mr. Rob Nicholson: Protect Raif Badawi from further whippings and do everything you can to secure his freedom
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Raif Badawi does not deserve to receive 1,000 lashes for having expressed his opinion in Saudi Arabia. Our elected representatives must intervene to prevent this inhumane sentence from being carried out.
We know the Badawi family well, because Ensaf Haider, Raif’s wife, lives in Quebec with their three children. They are too young to carry this burden on their shoulders, and Ensaf cannot bear it all alone. Listen to Doody talk to Raif, his father.
That is why we are speaking out today not only on behalf of the Badawi family, but also in the name of all Canadians who are profoundly shocked by this affair.
Raif has already received 50 lashes, which left him in such sad condition that the Saudi doctors have twice declared him unable to receive any more such punishment without risking death. Whipping is a form of torture, and its use is prohibited by international law.
We ask the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, to use his powers of persuasion to have this cruel and inhumane sentence vacated.
The king of Saudi Arabia at the time that Raif Badawi was convicted is now dead, and he has been replaced by a new king. Amnesty International, which is campaigning to save Mr. Badawi, has already successfully secured the release of many other political prisoners through similar efforts.
Let’s all do our part to put an end to this injustice!
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