Saudi Arabia: Respect Free Speech!

To the government of Saudi Arabia,

I am horrified that Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was publicly flogged and has been sentenced to even more floggings plus 10 years in prison for simply for writing a political blog. I call on you to rescind Raif Badawi’s sentence immediately, as it is an outrageous and defiant violation of the prohibition on torture under international law.

Please drop all charges against Badawi and ensure that he is unconditionally released without further delay. Citizens of Saudi Arabia, also including imprisoned human rights lawyer Waleed Abukhair, should have the right to free speech without fear of retribution.

I am deeply concerned about the number of activists in Saudi Arabia who, like Raif Badawi, are persecuted for openly expressing their views. I call on you to stop arresting, charging, prosecuting and sentencing activists for simply exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Signed,

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  • Helga Mankovitz
    signed 2019-11-21 00:42:16 -0500
  • Laura Borst
    signed 2019-06-04 22:14:04 -0400
    Saudi Arabia should respect freedom of speech and other human rights. Free speech is a check against tyranny.
  • Mostafa Bahloul
    signed 2018-11-20 11:48:52 -0500
  • Sam Bentley
    @VegSam tweeted link to this page. 2018-08-17 09:05:23 -0400
    Sign the petition: Saudi Arabia: Respect Free Speech! https://www.codepink.org/saudi_arabia_respect_free_speech?recruiter_id=763231
  • Sam Bentley
    signed 2018-08-17 09:05:19 -0400
  • Salaam Odeh
    signed via 2017-06-04 16:46:40 -0400
    Salaam a Odeh
  • Nancy Roberts
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-04 14:37:25 -0400
    Sign the petition: Saudi Arabia: Respect Free Speech!
  • Nancy Roberts
    signed 2017-06-04 14:37:04 -0400
    Freedom of speech now!! How despicable, to claim divine authority to punish and even torture people simply for voicing what they believe!
  • peter leeftink
    signed 2016-11-23 07:01:47 -0500
  • Paul Karsh
    signed 2016-11-17 11:09:46 -0500
  • Vanessa Hartman
    signed 2016-09-22 19:40:30 -0400
  • Karen Pope
    signed 2016-09-21 15:44:20 -0400
    You can change this policy of persecution! It’s up to you! Do it now, please
  • Keith Reese
    signed 2016-09-11 12:12:39 -0400
    Keith Reese
  • Janet Mason
    signed 2016-09-04 07:44:11 -0400
  • omar saleh
    signed 2016-08-24 18:48:50 -0400
  • Berry Salinas
    signed 2016-08-20 11:38:13 -0400
  • Ann Falletta
    signed 2016-08-20 10:09:20 -0400
  • Fateh Sidhu
    signed 2016-08-16 23:34:20 -0400
  • Natasha Fischer
    signed 2016-08-07 19:07:20 -0400
  • deborah lambert
    signed 2016-07-22 18:21:17 -0400
  • Jackie
    signed 2016-07-22 09:27:29 -0400
  • Greggory Sanders
    signed 2016-07-20 12:24:13 -0400
  • Divine M. Ann Crocheron
    signed 2016-07-19 12:56:29 -0400
  • Farzad Qmehr
    signed 2016-07-05 23:40:36 -0400
  • LaDora Talcott
    signed 2016-06-16 19:21:54 -0400
  • Sheri Giardini
    signed 2016-06-11 00:10:42 -0400
  • Arleen Whitmore
    signed 2016-06-04 19:15:17 -0400
  • Mark Hollinrake
    signed 2016-06-04 06:44:29 -0400
  • Ina Martinez
    signed 2016-06-03 23:09:03 -0400
  • Tahzeeb Zaidi
    signed 2016-06-01 17:15:12 -0400
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