More on Raif Badawi. Please continue to call for a halt to the flogging and for his release.
And you could also write to your MP and/or the Prime Minister to express your views on the flogging and ask what the government is doing to make it clear to the Saudi Authorities that it is not acceptable. Was the matter raised when he and Prince Charles went to Riyadh to pay their respects to the Saudi royal family following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz?
MPs at House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA or you can find his or her e-mail address at http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
PM at 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA or e-mail him via https://email.number10.gov.uk
DESPITE MEDICAL COMMITTEE, RAIF REMAINS AT RISK
Raif Badawi (m)
Although Raif Badawi’s scheduled public flogging on Friday 23 January was not carried out, the prison doctor who examined Raif Badawi that morning argued he was fit to be flogged. This is in direct contradiction to the recommendation of a medical committee only two days earlier. He continues to be at risk of receiving the remaining 950 lashes.
On Friday 23 February, Raif Badawi was taken from his cell and examined by a prison doctor he had not previously seen. This doctor found him fit to be flogged. It was brought to the doctor’s attention that a medical committee had two days earlier recommended that Raif Badawi not be flogged. Only then did the doctor recommend that Raif Badawi be sent back to the medical committee for further examination, instead of signing the papers recommending that he be flogged.
On Wednesday 21 January Raif Badawi was taken to the King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah and was thoroughly examined by a medical committee of eight doctors. After hours of examinations, the committee concluded that he has high blood pressure and recommended to the authorities that he not be flogged.
However, it is clear that Raif Badawi remains at risk of further flogging as long as the sentence stands. This risk is aggravated by the fact that the medical committee’s recommendation is not legally binding on the authorities.
Mass protests have recently been organized by activists around the worlds, including at many Saudi Arabian embassies, condemning the flogging of Raif Badawi and calling for his release. There have also been official appeals by a number of governments. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called the flogging “at the very least, a form of cruel and inhuman punishment... prohibited under international human rights law, in particular the Convention against Torture, which Saudi Arabia has ratified”.
The Saudi Arabian authorities have yet to comment officially on Raif Badawi’s flogging. The ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Germany tweeted on Wednesday that, “as far as I understood”, Raif Badawi’s flogging was cancelled indefinitely and that “I assume Badawi will not stay in prison for 10 years.”
Please write immediately in English, Arabic or your own language:
* Calling on the authorities to put a stop to any further flogging of Raif Badawi;
* Calling on them to release him immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression;
* Calling on them to ensure that his conviction and sentence are quashed.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 9 MARCH 2015 TO: (Time difference = GMT + 3 hrs / BST + 2 hrs)
PLEASE SEND COPIES OF YOUR APPEAL TO
His Excellency HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, 30 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5DZ. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7917 3000