Who is Raif Badawi?
Raif Badawi, who blogged at ‘Free Saudi Liberals’ first rose to international prominence in June 2012 when he was arrested in his native Saudi Arabia under Cyber crime laws,for insulting Islam through electronic channels. Later that year, apostasy was added to the charges against him. If convicted, he could have faced the death penalty.
Following years of legal battles and international pressure, the final sentence Raif Badawi received is 10 years in jail, 1,000 lashes and a fine equivalent t $267,000. His lawyer, Waleed Abdulkhair was sentenced to 15 years in jail for ‘undermining the authorities’…
After 50 of these lashed had been administered early in 2015 in front of a Jeddah mosque and hundreds of spectators, many people from all over the world had stepped up and offered to suffer a portion of Badawi’s lashes on his behalf. Instead, the Saudi government announced that the rest of the lashing shall be postponed due to Badawi’s poor health condition.
Last week, Raif Badawi made news again for having been awarded the prestigious EU Sakharov prize for human rights – the latest one of the many international prizes for writing, human rights and bravery that he has already been honoured with.
It is unthinkable that in today’s modern world, a young man should be beaten to death by his government simply for speaking as a sovereign human being.
Let’s all come out and show our support for Raif Badawi and to protest the barbarity that is Sharia!!!
Here is a clip from Czech Independent TV that I translated:
Here is another, VERY important news item from CNtv (which I had translated – so blame all errors on me, please!)
It describes the plight of a Czech PM, member of a minority party ‘Usvit’ – member of the anti-Islamisation coalition – after he spoke at a PEGIDA ralley in Dresden.
HERE IS THE VIDEO (sorry, cannot seem to embed).
Following his speech, as he was heading to his bus, the Czech MP was assaulted by some sort of spray that had blinded him. As he was blinded, he had bent over – just as he had been struck by a paving stone hurled from a bridge above… Had he not been doubled-over in agony over his loss of sight, the paving stone would have struck him in the head (instead of his back) and caused a very serious, potentially life-threatening injury…
What kind of a world are we living in if people – even elected officials – are threatened with death should they speak to the people?!?!?
I want to get off this planet…but how?