Friday, March 13, 2015

Canadians in Action for Release of Blogger Raif Badawi from Saudi Prison

You may have recently read about the blogger Raif Badawi who was imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for criticizing Saudi Arabian clerics. It caught the media's attention because he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashings.

Yes, you read that right. 10 years and 1,000 lashings - 50 of which have already been administered.

In positive union, the Quebec Bar and Lawyers Without Borders Canada recently announced that they would join forces to have blogger Raif Badawi released from jail.

Mr. Badawi's wife and three children live in Sherbrooke, Quebec. However, given that he is not a Canadian citizen, the federal government has not become involved.

If you are moved to help, please see the Amnesty International Canada website to show your support by signing the petition.

- Rachel Spence, Law Clerk

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