Some of you will know who Raif Badawi is, some won’t, so for those who don’t I will explain.

Raif is a 31 year old Saudi Arabian man who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012, and 1,000 lashes, planned to be given in 50s every Friday after prayers.  There is also a 10 year travel ban and a 10 year ban on using the internet, both to start when he leaves prison.  In the meantime they are seeking to have him accused of apostasy, which carries a death sentence.

His crime is that he started a blog expressing his liberal views, advocating free speech and criticising clerics in his country.

He had the first 50 lashes in January, but the rest were put off because of his health.  the second 50 were due today but they have been postponed again, also because of his health.  He suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes.

He has a wife and 3 children who at the moment are resident in Canada.  His wife is appealing his sentence.

I am posting a link to an Amnesty International petition asking the Saudi authorities to stop the punishment and to free him.  If you haven’t already signed it please do.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/saudi-arabia-free-raif-badawi-flogged-blogger?gclid=CJex2qOXisYCFU3HtAodQRwAXg

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