Saudi Arabia: Raef Badawi’s case referred to Supreme Court – See more at: http://www.pen-international.org/newsitems/saudi-arabia-imprisoned-editor-raef-badawis-case-referred-to-supreme-court-second-round-of-flogging-delayed-on-health-grounds

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Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned editor Raef Badawi’s case referred to Supreme Court; second round of flogging delayed on health grounds 

 

According to unconfirmed reports, the case against imprisoned editor has been referred to the supreme court amidst international condemnation of his flogging. Raef (or Raif) Badawi, who was sentenced by a Saudi Arabian court to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes , a fine, a 10-year travel ban and 10-year media participation ban for “insulting Islam” and “founding a liberal website”, received the first 50 lashes of his flogging sentence on 9 January 2015.

al-khairPEN is calling for his sentence of flogging to be overturned immediately as it violates the absolute prohibition in international law against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. PEN International reiterates its calls for Badawi’s conviction to be quashed and for his immediate and unconditional release, as well as that of his lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence. For extracts of Raif Badawi’s writings in English and Arabic click here TAKE ACTION: Share on FaceBook, Twitter and other social media Please send appeals: Condemning the Jeddah Criminal Court’s sentencing of editor Raef Badawi’s to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals, a 10-year travel ban and 10-year media participation ban on charges of “insulting Islam” and “founding a liberal website” on 7 May 2014; Calling for his sentence of flogging to be overturned immediately as it violates the absolute prohibition in international law against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Urging the Saudi Arabian authorities to release Raef Badawi and his lawyer Walid Abu al-Khair immediately and unconditionally as they are being held solely for their peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression; In the meantime, calling for both men to be granted all necessary medical treatment and access to their families and lawyers of their choice; Calling on Saudi Arabia to ratify, without reservation, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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