Samar Badawi, sister of Raif imprisoned in Saudi Arabia

I just came across this on Twitter. I haven’t posted about Raif Badawi because I figured most of my readers are already familiar with his situation. For those of you who don’t know, Badawi is a political activist in Saudi Arabia and has been found guilty of apostacy. (An important note: He does not call himself an atheist or agnostic!) His wife has received political asylum in Canada. His lawyer has also been imprisoned. Now, it seems his sister is also being persecuted.

The photo at the bottom of the post is from 2012. Let’s hope the two women on Samar Badawi’s right and left remember her and speak out.

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Samar with her husband Waleed before his imprisonment Samar with her husband Waleed before his imprisonment

We have just heard that Samar Badawi, the sister of free speech activist Raif Badawi has just been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Samar has heroically continued to campaign for the release of her brother and her husband the lawyer Waleed Abu Alkhair. Waleed represented Raif in his trial and is also a free speech campaigner.

Samar’s contribution to women’s rights and human rights has been recognised internationally. She has continued to be an important source of information for those wanting to know what is going on there.

We understand that she has been imprisoned for her activity on Twitter.

This latest development is very disturbing. It is an indication that the repression continues to grow in Saudi Arabia. It is also an indication that the British government has been totally ineffective in pursuing human rights reform in Saudi Arabia. Its claims that it has…

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  1. And last I checked, Saudi sits on the UN Human Rights Commission or something. There is something seriously wrong in that country

    • fojap said:

      Indeed, that was quite scandalous at the time. A quick Google search turned up this charming bit:

      In a classic case of you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours, the leaked cables ─ translated by UN Watch ─ allege that a secret vote trading deal was made by Britain and Saudi Arabia to ensure both countries were elected to the council.

      And further down in the article:

      Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said, “Based on the evidence, we remain deeply concerned that the UK may have contracted to elect the world’s most misogynistic regime as a world judge of human rights.”

      One of my sister’s closest friends’ husband works for Human Rights Watch – not that this has anything to do with my post.

      • It is scandalous. It is like asking your neighbour who has been milking your cows at night to be the guard while you are away.

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