Raif Badawi flogging: a call to action

Raif Badawi flogging: a call to action

Amnesty International has put out an urgent appeal to have tomorrow’s flogging of Raif Badawi stopped.

AI said in a statement issued today:

We need you to put Raif’s case in the headlines once again.

Last weekend, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld the ruling against Badawi, the imprisoned blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and a decade in prison for advocating free speech and political debate in the country.

The court’s decision is irreversible – it basically means that the judges are satisfied that Raif’s punishment matches the evidence against him. He can’t appeal the decision.

In reality, this means that Raif could be flogged in public 50 times tomorrow morning.

Please contact the Saudi Arabian Embassy in the UK and ask them to halt the flogging.

Raif has been jailed for over a year now. He was flogged in a Jeddah square 50 times in January – and was due to be publicly flogged on a weekly basis thereafter, a process that was abandoned initially ‘on medical grounds’ (the wounds hadn’t ‘healed enough’ for him to be lashed again) – in the midst of international outcry over his case.

Ahead of the flogging planned for midday tomorrow (10am UK time), we need you to contact the Saudi Arabian Embassy.

1. Call them

If you have ten minutes to spare, please call the Embassy on 02079173288

The Embassy is only open between 9am and 4pm; there is no voicemail system to leave a message outside of these hours.

There are only a couple of simple asks to the staff answering the phone:

1.    Ask them to ensure that Saudi Arabia doesn’t flog Raif tomorrow
2.    Ask that Saudi Arabia releases him unconditionally

We appreciate this is a tall ask but if enough of us call the Embassy today and tomorrow morning, we can really get the message across that thousands of us here in the UK support Raif’s freedom and are concerned for his wellbeing.

2. Tweet them

If you have a couple of minutes, please tweet the Embassy:

Saudi Embassy Twitter button

Tweet now – Please halt flogging of #RaifBadawi, @SaudiEmbassyUK – & release him immediately

Hat tip: AgentCormac

14 responses to “Raif Badawi flogging: a call to action”

  1. Broga says:

    I’ve sent a tweet. Here is something our royals could do. Charles, quick enough to lobby UK politicians with his opinions, could do something worthwhile here. However, that would mean exercising moral courage for him (common humanity for the rest of us) and might jeopardise his luxury holidays on Saudi yachts.

    This so called punishment is barbaric and those who inflict it are contemptible.

  2. L.Long says:

    No gov’mint wants to take real action. It is simple, Saudi does not want to join the 2oth century? Fine stay in the 14th, and CUT THEM OFF COMPLETELY!!!! Let them eat & drink their oil.
    Legally that is the only option. Having the Queen or Prez ask in their whinny little voices please be good or else…is MEANINGLESS!!!
    The other option is out as well….Large army marches in, kill ALL who oppose them and set up a secular dictatorship. Because putting a democracy in place is a waste of time, they LIKE being controlled by a bunch bearded old farts with mush for brains, and would vote isLame back into power by the next election.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    Tried to call the Saudi embassy over 50 times but it was always engaged. So they’ve either been inundated with calls or they pulled the plug on their switchboard. Or both. Going to keep trying in the morning though. Also sent a tweet, even though I haven’t a clue what I’m doing!

    I agree wholeheartedly with the Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström, who has repeatedly denounced Riaf Badawi’s punishment as ‘medieval’. We need more politicians like Wallström.

    BTW, L.Long, last time I looked we were living in the 21st century! Sorry for being pedantic.

  4. barriejohn says:

    There is also the small matter of his lawyer’s imprisonment for fifteen years on charges of “undermining the regime and officials”, “inciting public opinion” and “insulting the judiciary.” I’m afraid I don’t see the Saudis taking a blind bit of notice of international outrage, as they have ignored it up to now.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    No excuse not to try though, barriejohn.

  6. Stephen Mynett says:

    Some things never change, I remember the Saudis wetting their knickers over this:

    Of course, they are still as barbaric, possibly worse.

  7. L.Long says:

    Ya! Sure Agent, then why is this 2015?? Ya ! I know the answer but I am in revolt! They can fix it properly for all! So this is 2015 by my estimate that equals 2015 minus the 15 makes 20 so that is the 20th century. ;-}

  8. Vanity Unfair says:

    You can email the Saudi ambassador to the UK at
    Incidentally, Lazarus, as well as all the other possible years, it might be 1718. For a short diversion see:

  9. dennis says:

    good luck tomorrow Mr Raif Badawi

  10. Newspaniard says:

    Sympathetic as I am to Mr Raif Badawi’s plight. His case is not an exception. The savages of Saudi Arabia, kill and flog people on a whim every day of the year. These dirty old men with their 8 year old wives, cling on to power purely with the use of fear. The sooner the West decides that it has a substitute for Saudi oil and doesn’t want to sell its fighter aircraft or toilet rolls to these seventh century oligarchs the better.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Newspaniard: I agree. Maybe we should be venting our anger upon the likes of Charles Windsor and Tony Blair, who consistently brown-nose these despotic sadists, or UN officials who deem them qualified to sit in judgment upon human rights issues! Sweden’s cancellation of defence cooperation has really angered them as well, as they love their little playthings:

  12. Marky Mark says:

    absolute power corrupts absolutely =Saudi oligarchs… The sooner we convert to renewable energy the sooner we can leave behind these mid-evil Middle East countries to fend for themselves and their repressive ways…let them eat sand.

    Off topic but an update on the draw Mohammad competition… I have created several sketches of the pedophile and his young bride but decided they were too obscene and not finished them. I do have a good one of the young bride and need to add the mohammad figure. I have been so busy with work and a 3-D diorama I’m working on I had to put this drawing on hold. I may miss the competition deadline but will find a way to send it to barriejohn once completed and will prepare myself for the machete attacks…LOL

  13. 1859 says:

    Does anyone know what has happened to him over the weekend? Did the flogging go ahead? I couldn’t get through to the Embassy on Thursday or Friday.