Now we say: JeSuis #Samar_Badawi!
Riyadh arrests Raif Badawi’s sister for discussing human rights on the internet
Police detained Samar Badawi with her two year old daughter. After a four-hour interrogation they brought her to Dhaban prison. The woman is charged with managing the social media profile of activist and ex-husband Waleed Abulkhair, currently serving 15 years in prison. Activists: “overwhelming evidence” of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.
The BBC reports.
The wife of jailed prominent Saudi human rights campaigner Waleed Abu al-Khair has been arrested, activists say.
Samar Badawi was detained for allegedly managing a Twitter account calling for the release of her husband.
Amnesty International called the arrest “the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s utter contempt” for human rights.
Abu al-Khair was jailed for 15 years for “undermining the regime” in 2014. He is the founder of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia group.
Mrs Badawi is also the sister of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who in 2014 was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam.
Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, also reported the arrest in her tweet: “Urgent: #Samar_Badawi was arrested on the charge of directing @WaleedAbulkhair twitter account.”
Reports in fact emerged yesterday on the various #FreeRaif sites.
It would be appropriate for the new Labour Party leadership now to extend support for the campaign to free Raif to his sister, Mrs Badawi, and to promote human rights more widely against the Islamic dictatorship of Saudi Arabia.
Background: Early Day Motion 21.1.15.
That this House condemns the sentence of public flogging, a fine and a 10 year prison sentence imposed on Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia for freely expressing his views on the internet; is dismayed that he was given 50 lashes on 9 January 2015 in Jeddah; understands that despite postponement on medical grounds, Saudi authorities intend to carry out further flogging each week until he has received 1,000 lashes; strongly supports his right to freedom of expression; is appalled by the use of corporal punishment in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere; notes with concern Saudi Arabia’s practice of holding prisoners of conscience; calls on the UK Government to take stronger action to ensure that this barbaric punishment is stopped immediately; and further calls on it also to work with its international partners to encourage the Saudi authorities to overturn his conviction and ensure his release.
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Plight of Saudi blogger cited in Westminster Hall debate on human rights in Saudi Arabia.
The case of imprsioned blogger Raif Badawi was discussed in the British parliament today. Stewart McDonald MP (SNP, Glasgow South) tabled the motion on Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.
Opening the debate, Mr McDonald spoke out against the harsh sentence of 10 years imprisonment, 1000 lashes and a 1 million riyals fine, and praised Raif Badawi’s writings as representing “the values of freedom and progress that inspire so many people across the world.”
Other parliamentarians who spoke during the debate included Jeremy Corbyn MP(Labour, Islington North). Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour, Bristol East), Stuart McDonald MP (SNP, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East) and Jim Shannon MP (DUP, Strangford).