Raif Badawi is a blogger from Saudi Arabia who has been jailed for speaking freely. This is what he says: it is for these views that he is being held and has been condemned to multiple floggings by the Saudi judicial system.
“Secularism respects everyone and doesn’t offend anyone. It’s the practical solution to lift countries out of the third world and into the first.”
“We should not hide that fact that Muslims in Saudi Arabia not only disrespect the beliefs of others, but also charge them with infidelity.”
“For me, liberalism simply means, live and let live. This is a splendid slogan.”
How you can help free Raif Badawi
1. Tweet Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is very sensitive about its public image and international standing. If we target officials publicly, they could be forced to respond and publicly shamed into stopping the flogging. Here are a few Twitter accounts to try:
Ministry of Justice: @MojKsa
Ministry of Interior: @MOISaudiArabia
National Society for Human Rights: @NSHRSA
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: @KSAMOFA
King Salman: @KingSalman
2. Get your government to pressure Saudi Arabia
Your government should be doing all it can to make Saudi Arabia do the right thing. Tweet your government’s official accounts (for example, your Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or your country’s embassy in Saudi Arabia) and ask them to push Saudi Arabia to stop the flogging and release Raif now. Here are the Twitter accounts for some country embassies in Saudi Arabia:
3. Contact the Saudi Arabian embassy in your country
Search online for the phone or fax details of the Saudi Arabia embassy in your country, and call them up to demand that Raif is not flogged again and that they release him immediately. We know this can be a particularly effective (and annoying) form of campaigning. You could also Tweet them, though the only Saudi Arabian embassies known to have Twitter accounts are the USA @SaudiEmbassyUSA and UK @SaudiEmbassyUK.
If you’re not on Twitter, you can find the contact details of the Saudi Arabia embassy in your country here.
4. Demonstrate outside the Saudi Arabian embassy
Across the globe, campaigners have started to organize protests outside Saudi Arabia embassies. Contact your local Amnesty International office to see if something is already planned, or get some friends together to organize your own demonstration.
5. Tweet your support to Raif and his family
Please send your messages of solidarity to Raif’s family, so they know we are standing with them and pressing Saudi Arabia to release him. Tweet to @raif_badawi (Raif’s official Twitter account) and @miss9afi (Raif’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, who lives in Canada with their three children).
Ensaf has told us she fears her husband may not be able to physically withstand a second round of lashes. “Raif told me he is in a lot of pain after his flogging, his health is poor,” she said.
“I told our children about the news last week so that they would not find out about it from friends at school. It is a huge shock for them. International pressure is crucial, I believe if we keep up the support it will eventually pay off. We must keep on fighting.”
6. Sign A Petition
There are a large number of online petitions for Raif Badawi and Waleed Abu Khair. Please sign as many as possible:
7. Request Influential Support
In the ‘Support For Raif’ section on the family’s website http://www.raifbadawi.org/ are messages of support for Raif from influential organisations and individuals. If you have direct contact with any such organisations or individuals, please request that they submit a message of support to Raif for publication on this website. They can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Sign up at movements.org
Sign up at Movements.org to connect with experts, media & PR firms to inform them about Raif Badawi’s case.