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My Email to the Saudi Embassy About Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi

Context: Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and fined more than $250,000 for the “crime” of insulting Islam. Raif founded a website called “Saudi Arabian Liberals” and advocated for a more tolerant Saudi Arabia which respected freedom of religion, belief, and expression, as well as women’s rights. Here is my letter to the Saudi embassy.

TO: info@saudiembassy.net

It is absolutely unacceptable that Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes — for the “crime” of insulting Islam. It is appalling that insulting Islam should be a crime at all. The fact that his punishment is so horrifically severe is purely barbaric. This sort of torture is not only a violation of international law — it is a violation of simple human decency. If Saudi Arabia wants to be respected as a modern state in the international community, it must put an end to this monstrosity at once.

-Greta Christina

Please send your own email to info@saudiembassy.net. Thanks.

Comments

  1. says

    Although it goes without saying that I agree with you and that my sympathies are with Raif, do you really think that you writing to the authorities—or even millions of unbelievers writing to the authorities—will help him? Could it perhaps actually hurt him, since any backtracking on the punishment would then be accompanied by loss of face (which is a BIG DEAL in Saudi culture)?

  2. Numenaster says

    Phillip, what alternative would you suggest? “Do nothing” is not an acceptable response.

  3. johnthedrunkard says

    Amnesty International began as a ‘useless’ campaign of letter writing to Fascist states, appealing the treatment of prisoners of conscience.

    I was not so polite as Greta. I’m sure the Gudarian and Glen Greenwald could justify a few thousand murders by the ‘offence’ I hope I could cause.

    There are people in the world that on might wish to offend

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