Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Raif Badawi's Flogging to Resume "Privately"

Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. (source)
You probably didn't miss it, but if you did, there was a statement released yesterday by the Raif Badawi Foundation informing us of grave news. It seems like the Saudis are really craving a good flogging of human rights activists. So, although Raif Badawi's case is still before their (joke of a) Supreme Court, he'll get whipped anyway.
I was informed by an informed source, that the Saudi authorities have given the green light to the resumption of Raif Badawi’s flogging. The informed source also said that the flogging will resume soon but will be administered inside the prison.

It is worth mentioning that the same source had warned me of Raif’s pending flogging at the beginning of January 2015 and his warning was confirmed, as Raif was flogged on 9th January.

While i do not understand this decision especially as Raif’s case is still being reviewed by the supreme court according to a senior source in the Saudi Ministry of Justice and according to the statement of UK Foreign Office minister, Tobias Ellwood, who told the House of Commons in July that my husband’s case was still being examined by Saudi judges.

I call on his Majesty King Salman to gracefully end my husband’s ordeal and to pardon him. I also appeal to his Majesty to allow him to be deported to Canada to be reunited with his family and children, who have been deprived of their father for more than four years.

I take this opportunity to remind Mr. Justin Trudeau, the new Canadian Prime Minister, of his promise to support Raif badawi and ensure his release. I plead with him to give Raif a White Passport to enable him to be reunited with his family in Canada.

Ensaf Haidar
Isn't it grand how they'll do the flogging in the prison this time? Of course, this is so the rest of the world won't be outraged.

A white passport is a temporary Canadian passport. The real question, though, would be how to get them to give him up. I would propose Trudeau threaten to stop shipment of arms to the Saudis. The conservatives made this evil secret pact with the Saudis in the past - human rights be damned. I don't think we, as a civilized country which ostensibly values human rights, should be providing light armoured vehicles - oft used for crowd control - to a country that so patently doesn't understand basic freedom of speech.

As I've reported before, he has diabetes, and can be more prone to life threatening infection. In fact, he's been reported as weak for awhile. I can only imagine that the Kingdom thinks it's waited long enough for world attention to dissipate.

That's why I encourage all Canadians to tweet at our PM, Justin Trudeau, who has tweeted in support of Badawi before. He needs to stand up to the Saudis even if it means putting evil pacts like the 15 billion arms deal in peril.

Remember you can also get ideas on how to help from Amnesty International Canada.

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