Protest to Free Jailed Writer and Activist Raif Badawi at the Saudi Embassy
- Saturday, May 3rd 2014 at 3:00 pm
- Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, 601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom Metro)
Come out on Saturday, May 3 to demand the release of Raif Badawi and be part of a global movement standing up for fundamental human rights!
30-year-old Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian writer and activist, was sentenced last year to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. Badawi’s crimes? Founding a website, Liberal Saudi Network, dedicated to fostering open discussion of religion and politics; and calling on his country to respect freedom of religion, belief, and expression, and women’s rights.
According to the Saudi court, Badawi was guilty of ridiculing Islam. In the midst of his appeals process, Badawi could soon be charged with apostasy. The penalty for apostasy in Saudi Arabia is death.
To make matters worse, a Saudi court recently jailed Badawi’s lawyer, Waleed Sami Abu Al-Khair, for his human rights activism.
Badawi did nothing more than peacefully exercise his basic human rights, and seek to help others secure the liberty to do the same, yet he is now in very real danger. Having lost his freedom, many in Saudi Arabia now call for his death.
In support of Badawi, Muslims for Progressive Values and the Center for Inquiry are organizing a protest at the Saudi Arabian Embassy on Saturday, May 3, at 3:00 p.m.
The D.C. protest is part of several demonstrations set to take place May 3, organized under the banner of Stand for Raif Badawi
on World Press Freedom Day. Other protest locations include Ottawa, Canada; Madrid, Spain; Bern, Switzerland; Tunis, Tunisia; and London, UK.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own signs, though some signs will be provided.
Organizer Michael De Dora can be reached at mdedora[at]centerforinquiry[dot]net