URGENT ACTION!! LIBERAL SAUDI BLOGGER RAIF BADAWI, SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON + 1,000 LASHES, WAS FLOGGED 50 TIMES ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 9--THEY PLAN 50 MORE LASHES A WEEK FOR 20 WEEKS! THIS IS DEATH BY SLOW TORTURE! HOW YOU CAN HELP!!!

The word community at ALL levels must continue to act until this unspeakably cruel and barbarc execution-by-slow-torture s halted and Mr. Badawi is freed and reunited with his family!

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki's life is in danger. See below, right for steps YOU can take to save him!

IMPORTANT NEW ACTION FROM ENSAF HAIDAR, RAIF'S WIFE:

""My husband has been flogged and could be executed for voicing his opinion in a blog, but in hours we have a chance to spur his release-- CLICK HERE to Sign Her Petition


GOODNEWS!!! On Friday, March 27, Raif was spared another round of flogging for the fourth consecutive week amid speculation that the international attention on his case is having an effect.

BAD NEWS- Now they're threatening Raif with DEATH!!


GOOD NEWS-The fact that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is complaining so vociferously about criticism of this and other instances of gross human rights violations in the Kingdom is proof positive of the impact of our efforts!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!


THE URGENT ACTION IS BELOW...PLEASE TAKE PART TODAY AND SHARE WIDELY! ALSO, BELOW THAT PLEASE SEE EXCERPTS FROM RAIF'S BLOG ENTRIES!


Prince Charles has urged King Salman to free Raif during a meeting, and Raif's wife has issued a DESPERATE PLEA  for mercy, warning that Raif is not doing well physically or psychologically.


RAIF WAS "MOVED TO TEARS" WHEN HE FOUND OUT ABOUT ONE CAMPAIGN--WHAT IF HE FOUND OUT ABOUT ALL OF OUR EFFORTS? PLEASE JOIN INTHE URGENT ACTION, INCLUDING PETITIONS, EMAIL APPEALS & TARGETTED TWEETS

(LINKS TO ARTICLES ABOUT RAIF BELOW URGENT ACTION)

TAKE ACTION: Please take all the below actions, including: 1. Signing (and sharing) all five petitions; 2. Sending the email appeals to the addresses provided; 3. Sending the list of tweets targetting international community leaders and media

 

1. Please sign all petitions:

Petition One 

Petition Two 

Petition Three

Petition Four

Petition Five

 

2. Also, please send this Amnesty e-letter to 

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud



IMPORTANT NEW ACTION: US Residents, PLEASE send this letter to Congress urging them to take action #4Raif
 

3. Email Appeal Letter To Saudi Authorities

Below please find a sample email appeal to send to various Saudi officials. Suggested Title: "Urgent: The Flogging of  Raif Badawi" Below the sample letter, please find a list of email addresses plus links to webpages where you can cut, paste and send. 

Important Note: Please follow the protocol for human rights appeals and keep the tone respectful when addressing the Saudi authorities...it will harm Raif's case to do otherwise--this cannot be stressed enough. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE, even if you do not use the below sample letter, to include a "condolence" at this time.

SAMPLE LETTER:


 

Your excellency,

First of all, please accept my condolences on the passing of King Abdullah and best wishes for a new era in the life of your nation. I wish your nation and people well in the transition period and all the years to follow.

I am writing to you today to express my deep concern over the news that Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been so seriously injured by the flogging he received two weeks ago, that both his family and the doctors who have examined him both confirm his serious condition. Although I am grateful that the next scheduled flogging of 50 lashes has been postponed, I am alarmed that someone whose only "crime" is setting up a website for peaceful political and social debate has been subjected to a very severe form of torture.

I urge you to please do all in your power to halt these floggings completely, and to review his case with a view to releasing him also from his ten-year sentence. Both the floggings and the draconian jail term  are in direct and violent opposition to the principles of justice and jurisprudence held in common throughout the very international community with which your government has developed and sought to maintain such close ties.

Furthermore, the jailing  of Mr. Badawi both violate Article 32 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, to which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a signatory. AT LEAST as importantly, the torture-by-flogging of Mr. Badawi violates Articles 8 and 20 of the Charter. 

Therefore, this is an issue of Saudi Arabia upholding  it binding human rights commitments. The reaction of the world to this is in no way an assault on the sovereignty of Saudi Arabia, as some Saudi government spokesmen have (very disappointingly) insinuated publicly. Rather, it is an invitation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to show good faith as a member of the international community

Sincerely,

WHERE TO SEND THIS APPEAL

A. Please send it to the following email addresses:

 

 

aremb@mofa.gov.sa; ukemb@mofa.gov.sa; phemb@mofa.gov.sa; inemb@mofa.gov.sa; auemb@mofa.gov.sa; atemb@mofa.gov.sa; bdemb@mofa.gov.sa; beemb@mofa.gov.sa; baemb@mofa.gov.sa; bremb@mofa.gov.sa; bnemb@mofa.gov.sa; caemb@mofa.gov.sa; cnemb@mofa.gov.sa; resa@saudiembassy.cz; dkemb@mofa.gov.sa; etemb@mofa.gov.sa; seemb@mofa.gov.sa; fremb@mofa.gov.sa; ghemb@mofa.gov.sa; huemb@mofa.gov.sa; inemb@mofa.gov.sa; idemb@mofa.gov.sa; ambasciata.saudita@arabia-saudita.it; itemb@mofa.gov.sa; jpemb@mofa.gov.sa; joemb@mofa.gov.sa; keemb@mofa.gov.sa; myemb@mofa.gov.sa; mremb@mofa.gov.sa; mxemb@mofa.gov.sa; maemb@mofa.gov.sa; Saudiembassy@casema.nl; nzcon@mofa.gov.sa; ngemb@mofa.gov.sa; pkemb@mofa.gov.sa; pkemb@mofa.gov.sa; plemb@mofa.gov.sa; ptemb@mofa.gov.sa; qaemb@mofa.gov.sa; sgemb@mofa.gov.sa; zaemb@mofa.gov.za; lkemb@mofa.gov.sa; chemb@mofa.gov.sa; tzemb@mofa.gov.sa; themb@mofa.gov.sa; tremb@mofa.gov.sa; ugemb@mofa.gov.sa; usemb@mofa.gov.sa; uzemb@mofa.gov.sa; aremb@mofa.gov.sa

 

B. PLEASE USE THIS PAGE TO PASTE AND SEND THE APPEAL TO THE SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTER

TIPS: Only enter your real "mobile number" if you care to, otherwise make one up. For address, put your country, city and for "address" just the state/province and code. Oh, and if you don't care to list your real occupation and company, use (respectively) "global citizen" and "Grass Roots"

 

C. PLEASE USE THIS PAGE TO PASTE AND SEND THE APPEAL TO THE SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTRY

TIPS: Much like with the Foreign Minster's page above, except they demand a national ID number of at least 10 characters (easy enough to be creative)

 

SAMPLE LETTER TO GLOBAL COMMUNITY LEADERS:

Your Excellencies,

I am writing you to express my extreme alarm at the news that liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who is serving a ten-year prison sentence was severely injured two weeks ago when he received the first 50 of 1,000 planned lashes. In fact, he was so seriously injured that Saudi authorities have been forced to  postpone the next scheduled flogging (50 lashes a week until he reaches 1,000) for seven consecutive weeks. This brutal, incremental flogging is not only a vicious and medieval form of torture, but it is also a likely form of slow murder.

To make matters worse, Saudi government officials are now threatening Raif Badawi with execution--in Saudi Arabia, that would mean beheading.

Alarmingly, instead of cancelling future torture-by-flogging sessions and repudiating these death threats, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has chosen to lash out at international criticism of its truly dismal human rights record. The upshot: Raif could still be flogged on Friday, April 3.


It is crucial to remember that the jailing  of Mr. Badawi violate Article 32 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of expression. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a signatory to the Charter. At least as importantly, the torture-by-flogging of Mr. Badawi violates Articles 8 and 20 of the Charter.

Mr. Badawi committed no other crime than to set up a website where political and social views could be openly exchanged and debated—a key component of any normal civil society in the 21st century global community. I am naturally  alarmed about the health of Mr. Badawi, the trauma inflicted upon his family and the flagrant injustice of his entire case.  However,  I am also deeply concerned that a government with which all the major powers of the global community have developed very close economic and diplomatic/military  ties feels that it can violate the most fundamental rights of its citizens in such a way as to show complete contempt for internationally accepted norms of justice and principles of jurisprudence.

 

POSTPONING HIS SECOND TORTURE SESSION IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH--THE FLOGGINGS MUST BE HALTED!!

Therefore, I respectfully urge you to act very quickly and very decisively to urge the Saudi government to halt any further floggings in this case, and to review the entire case— with a view toward releasing this brave and decent man so he can return to his anguished family.

Sincerely,

ADDRESSES TO SEND THE APPEAL TO:

npillay@ohchr.org; InfoDesk@ohchr.org; tthanda@ohchr.org; srhumanrights@gmail.com; president@whitehouse.gov; ecu@un.org; tarja.cronberg@europarl.europa.eu; potito.salatto@europarl.europa.eu; cornelia.ernst@europarl.europa.eu; alexander.alvaro@europarl.europa.eu; sergio.cofferati@europarl.europa.eu; isabelle.durant@europarl.europa.eu; peter.jahr@europarl.europa.eu; dan.jorgensen@europarl.europa.eu; marit.paulsen@europarl.europa.eu; oreste.rossi@europarl.europa.eu; marco.scurria@europarl.europa.eu; boguslaw.sonik@europarl.europa.eu; godelieve.quisthoudt-rowohl@europarl.europa.eu; ewald.stadler@europarl.europa.eu; kathleen.vanbrempt@europarl.europa.eu; geoffrey.vanorden@europarl.europa.eu; josef.weidenholzer@europarl.europa.eu; pawel.zalewski@europarl.europa.eu; georgesabin.cutas@europarl.europa.eu; dimitrios.droutsas@europarl.europa.eu; martin.ehrenhauser@europarl.europa.eu; christofer.fjellner@europarl.europa.eu; philippe.juvin@europarl.europa.eu; lena.kolarska-bobinska@europarl.europa.eu; barbara.lochbihler@europarl.europa.eu; antonyia.parvanova@europarl.europa.eu; pavel.poc@europarl.europa.eu marietje.schaake@europarl.europa.eu alda.sousa@europarl.europa.eu salvatore.tatarella@europarl.europa.eu emilie.turunen@europarl.europa.eu; niki.tzavela@europarl.europa.eu; marita.ulvskog@europarl.europa.eu; sabine.verheyen@europarl.europa.eu; daniel.hannan@europarl.europa.eu; lars.adaktusson@europarl.europa.eu; isabella.adinolfi@europarl.europa.eu; marco.affronte@europarl.europa.eu; andrzej.grzyb@europarl.europa.eu; cristiandan.preda@europarl.europa.eu; laszlo.tokes@europarl.europa.eu; therese.comodinicachia@europarl.europa.eu; teresa.jimenez-becerril@europarl.europa.eu; andrey.kovatchev@europarl.europa.eu; kinga.gal@europarl.europa.eu; miroslav.mikolasik@europarl.europa.eu; elmar.brok@europarl.europa.eu; andrej.plenkovic@europarl.europa.eu; arnaud.danjean@europarl.europa.eu; lorenzo.cesa@europarl.europa.eu; manolis.kefalogiannis@europarl.europa.eu; eduard.kukan@europarl.europa.eu; francisco.millanmon@europarl.europa.eu; jaromir.stetina@europarl.europa.eu; christian.ehler@europarl.europa.eu; jerzy.buzek@europarl.europa.eu; andras.gyurk@europarl.europa.eu; gabrielius.landsbergis@europarl.europa.eu; monica.macovei@europarl.europa.eu; tokia.saifi@europarl.europa.eu; pedro.lopez@europarl.europa.eu; maria.aguirre@europarl.europa.eu; mercedes.alvargonzalez@europarl.europa.eu; mariechristine.amiot@europarl.europa.eu; marian.apostol@europarl.europa.eu; atilla.agardi@europarl.europa.eudubravka.suica@europarl.europa.eu; michael.gahler@europarl.europa.eu; Web_Inquiry@foreign.senate.gov; tunne.kelam@europarl.europa.euramonanicole.manescu@europarl.europa.eu; alojz.peterle@europarl.europa.eueleni.theocharous@europarl.europa.eu; daniel.caspary@europarl.europa.eumariya.gabriel@europarl.europa.eu; philippe.juvin@europarl.europa.eu; peter.liese@europarl.europa.eu; gyorgy.schopflin@europarl.europa.eu; traian.ungureanu@europarl.europa.eu; michele.alliot-marie@europarl.europa.eu; sandra.kalniete@europarl.europa.eu; david.mcallister@europarl.europa.eu; jacek.saryusz-wolski@europarl.europa.eu; othmar.karas@europarl.europa.eu; antonio.lopezisturiz@europarl.europa.eu; paulo.rangel@europarl.europa.eu; renate.sommer@europarl.europa.eu;

ALSO SEND TO  YOUR OWN CONGRESSIONAL/PARLIAMENTARY REPS!!
FOR US RESIDENTS:
Find your Congressperson’s email here:
http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/
Find Your Senator’s email/e-contact page here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

 

FOR EUROPEAN RESIDENTS:
Find your MEP’s name/contact info http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/full-list.html


 

4. PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING TWEEETS DAILY--THEY ARE TARGETTED TO TOP US (INCLUDING CONGRESSIONAL/SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEES), EU,  UN AND OTHER OFFICIALS Hashtag: #4Raif


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"FOR ME, LIBERALISM SIMPLY MEANS, LIVE AND LET LIVE"-- quotes from blog entries of Raif Badawi:


Reflecting on the role of the Muslim religious establishment on 12 August 2010, Badawi warned about the stifling of creativity:

As soon as a thinker starts to reveal his ideas, you will find hundreds of fatwas that accused him of being an infidel just because he had the courage to discuss some sacred topics. I’m really worried that Arab thinkers will migrate in search of fresh air and to escape the sword of the religious authorities.

Badawi argued on 28 September 2010 in favour of “secularism [as] the most important refuge for citizens of a country.” Urged by clerics not to attend “heretical” celebrations marking Saudi national day, he underlined the importance of separating religion from the state. Strikingly he does not attack the Saudi monarchy and even praises the liberal governor of Mecca, the intellectual and poet Khaled al-Faisal Al Saud.

Secularism respects everyone and does not offend anyone ...Secularism ... is the practical solution to lift countries (including ours) out of the third world and into the first world.

Badawi linked Palestine, one of the touchstones of Arab solidarity, to the question of political Islam, attacking Hamas.

I’m not in support of the Israeli occupation of any Arab country, but at the same time I do not want to replace Israel by a religious state ... whose main concern would be spreading the culture of death and ignorance among its people when we need modernisation and hope. States based on religious ideology ... have nothing except the fear of God and an inability to face up to life. Look at what had happened after the European peoples succeeded in removing the clergy from public life and restricting them to their churches. They built up human beings and (promoted) enlightenment, creativity and rebellion. States which are based on religion confine their people in the circle of faith and fear.

The only article of Badawi’s hitherto translated from Arabic into Englishdenounces the demand of Muslims in New York that a mosque and community centre be built on the site of the World Trade Centre, where 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks by al-Qaida. It goes against the official Saudi position by linking the terrorist group to the kingdom - and accuses Muslims of intolerance.

What hurts me most as a citizen of the area which exported those terrorists ... is the audacity of Muslims in New York that reaches the limits of insolence, not taking any regard of the thousands of victims who perished on that fateful day or their families. What increases my pain is this [Islamist] chauvinist arrogance which claims that innocent blood, shed by barbarian, brutal minds under the slogan “Allahu Akbar”, means nothing compared to the act of building an Islamic mosque whose mission will be to ... spawn new terrorists ... Suppose we put ourselves in the place of American citizens. Would we accept that a Christian or Jew assaults us in our own house and then build a church or synagogue in the same area of the attack? I doubt it. We reject the building of churches in Saudi Arabia, not having been assaulted by anyone. Then what would you think if those who wanted to build a church are the same people who stormed the sanctity of our land? Finally, we should not hide that fact that Muslims inSaudi Arabia not only disrespect the beliefs of others, but also charge them with infidelity to the extent that they consider anyone who is not Muslim an infidel, and, within their own narrow definitions, they consider non-Hanbali [the Saudi school of Islam] Muslims as apostates. How can we be such people and build ... normal relations with six billion humans, four and a half billion of whom do not believe in Islam.

In the first weeks of the Egyptian revolution in February 2011, Badawi hailed the drama in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as an example to the whole Arab world. The Saudi government, by contrast, was horrified by the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak and delighted when Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood veteran elected to succeed him, was ousted.

It is a revolution, led by students and the marginalised, a revolution in every sense of the word ... that is ... a decisive turning point ... not only in the history and geography of Egypt but everywhere that is governed by the Arab mentality of dictatorship and security. It is not yet clear whether is Egypt is about to change, but it is our hope that a new Egypt will emerge from the painful birth pangs its people are experiencing ... after years of subservience and oppression.

In Sepember 2011 Badawi launched a witheringly sarcastic attack on Saudi clerics after a TV preacher called for astronomers to be punished on the grounds that they encouraged scepticism about sharia law.

Actually, this venerable preacher has drawn my attention to a truth that had been hidden from me and my dear readers – namely, the existence of the so-called “Sharia astronomer”. What a wonderful appellation! In my humble experience and in the course of my not inconsiderable research into the universe, its origins and the stars, I have never once come across this term. I advise NASA to abandon its telescopes and, instead, turn to our Sharia astronomers, whose keen vision and insight surpass the agency’s obsolete telescopes. Indeed, I advise all other scholars the world over, of whatever discipline, to abandon their studies, laboratories, research centres, places of experimentation, universities, institutes etc. and head at once to the study groups of our magnificent preachers to learn from them all about modern medicine, engineering, chemistry, microbiology, geology, nuclear physics, the science of the atom, marine sciences, the science of explosives, pharmacology, anthropology etc. – alongside astronomy, of course. God bless them! They have shown themselves to be the final authority with the decisive word in everything, which all mankind must accept, submit to and obey without hesitation or discussion.

In May 2012, shortly before his arrest, Badawi addressed the nature of liberalism.

For me, liberalism simply means, live and let live. This is a splendid slogan. However, the nature of liberalism – particularly the Saudi version – needs to be clarified. It is even more important to sketch the features and parameters of liberalism, to which the other faction, controlling andclaiming exclusive monopoly of the truth, is so hostile that they are driven to discredit it without discussion or fully understanding what the word actually means. They have succeeded in planting hostility to liberalism in the minds of the public and turning people against it, lest the carpet be pulled out from under their feet. But their hold over people’s minds and society shall vanish like dust carried off in the wind.

His final thought quoted Albert Camus“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”

In another piece that month, Badawi invoked the Quran to support the importance of liberalism, the need to separate religion and state and implied that Islam itself has been distorted by the Saudi political establishment to promote illiberal and authoritarian ideals.

No religion at all has any connection to mankind’s civic progress. This is not a failing on the part of religion but rather that all religions represent a particular, precise spiritual relationship between the individual and the Creator. ..However, positive law is an unavoidable human and social need because traffic regulations, employment law and the codes governing the administration of State can hardly be derived from religion.

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