Join the Raif Badawi Vigil this Friday 13th March
Please join PEN for their ninth vigil this Friday 13 March, from 9am. Activists are asked to meet at the Curzon Street entrance to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mayfair, London (note: the postal address of the Embassy is 30-32 Charles Street).
English PEN is the founding centre of a worldwide writers’ association with 145 centres in more than 100 countries. It also a founding member of the Free Word Centre.
It campaigns to defend writers and readers in the UK and around the world whose human right to freedom of expression is at risk.
English PEN urges you to take the following actions to help Raif...
- Call on the new British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia to take urgent action
- Urge your MP to support Early Day Motion 720 condemning the sentence imposed on Raif Badawi
Letter to the authorities
I am writing to you as a supporter of English PEN, the founding centre of the international association of writers, to express serious concern for Raif Badawi.
According to PEN’s information, on 9 January 2015 imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi received the first round of 50 lashes in a public flogging after Friday prayers. Badawi is now due to receive 50 lashes each Friday until he has received 1,000 lashes, although subsequent floggings have not gone ahead.
I join PEN in calling for his sentence of flogging to be overturned immediately, as well as for Badawi’s conviction to be quashed and for him to be released unconditionally.
I would welcome your comments on my appeal.