Saudi Arabian blogger jailed and tortured for writing about Human Rights

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Here is a picture of Raif's wife campaigning for his release

        Nothing pains me more than an innocent person suffering intensely just for wanting to exercise his ‘Freedom Of Speech’ fundamental right.
The story hurts me more because this person in question is a ‘Human Rights and Social Change’ blogger just like myself.

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        Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, pictured above was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and 1,000 lashes by a Saudi Arabian court for allegedly ‘insulting Islam and undermining the State and the Judiciary.’
In the World today, we are used to seeing State manufactured, cooked up charges against individuals who the Government want silenced, just as we saw in the shabby trial and imprisonment of three Al Jazeera Journalists in Egypt.
What was Raif’s real offence?
    He said things the Government of the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia would rather have unsaid, things they can not tolerate because they are ENEMIES OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH!
As Ensaf, Raif’s poor wife who hasn’t seen him for four years since she fled the country to Canada with their children said, Raif, just like me was only blogging about Human Rights and social change. His blog was called “Free Saudi Liberals” but unfortunately for Raif, his repressive Government didn’t like the things he wrote, and that was his principal offence.
       Raif’s bank accounts were closed and he was prevented from leaving the country since 2009. His family fled the country shortly after, to Quebec, Canada and he hasn’t set eyes on them in 4 years.
Now, he had been imprisoned and is subjected to the pain of taking 50 lashes every week in an open square, in front of a cheering crowd. He will continue this for 18 more weeks until the 1,000 lashes are complete.
His wife fears for him that his health would fail because of the brutal lashes.
She accuses the Government of Saudi Arabia for ‘slowly lashing him to his death’.

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Here is a picture of Raif's wife campaigning for his release

   This is a particularly sad story for me and I condemn the Government of Saudi Arabia for bring an enemy of Freedom of Speech and for unjustly punishing innocent citizens who refuse to cowardly accept its oppressive laws.
I also solidly stand behind Ensaf in the struggle for her husband’s release. I salute her courage for not keeping silent and I salute the courage of her husband for being a radical fighter for human rights and change.

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      I can only imagine the sadness that has replaced the smiles on the beautiful faces of his daughters. Shame to the Government of Saudi Arabia for going all out to harm an innocent citizen and his family.

Written By Olisa Lotenna

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7 thoughts on “Saudi Arabian blogger jailed and tortured for writing about Human Rights

    Dr. Rex said:
    January 16, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Saudi Arabian blogger jailed and tortured for writing about Human Rights” …. #FreeRaif …. it could be anyone of us!!

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    Caleb Gee said:
    January 28, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    This is such an unspeakable tragedy, and it makes one wonder where is the West’s call for “sanctions” and threats of “invasion” for abusing human rights like they would do if this were happening in Iran or Cuba or Venezuela or North Korea?? Oh wait, the West is too busy gushing over and commemorating the so-called “reform” King Abdullah as some sort of human rights “champion”. Saudi Arabia is by far one of the most repressive places in the world yet it has the full support of Western governments and always has. Smh.

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      lotenna responded:
      January 29, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Thank You, Caleb!!! Excellent point! The West is shying away from cautioning Saudi Arabia on their deplorable human rights conditions because the West has things to benefit from relations with the country. Even the so-called West has human rights issues it has refused to address.

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        Caleb Gee said:
        January 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm

        Absolutely. It reminds me of the quote from Imperial British Foreign Secretary “Lord” Curzon in the closing days of WWI when discussing Britain’s reasoning in throwing its support behind the House of Saud:
        “we should construct a State with an ‘Arab facade,’ ruled and administered under British guidance and controlled by a native Mohammedan and as far as possible an Arab staff… There should be no actual incorporation of the conquered territory in the dominions of the conqueror, but the absorption may be veiled by such constitutional fictions as a protectorate, a sphere of influence, a buffer state and so on.”

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    sedwith said:
    February 4, 2015 at 4:37 am

    I just saw the Saudi beheading of the Philippino woman who supposedly killed her child. In the land where women are banned from driving cars and oil is their main export, the house of Saud remains immune by virtue of the US who continue to torture and kill their own ‘inmates’ and fail to investigate police murders particularly of Afro American youth…………..I have nothing more to say.

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      lotenna responded:
      February 4, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      I give u a standing ovation for that comment. You’ve said so much, yet so little

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        sedwith said:
        February 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm

        thanks lottena for opening the subject …I was too pissed off to write about it

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