Saudi supreme court upholds sentencing of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for blogger accused of “insulting Islam.”
- After being sentenced for speaking out against the religious police in Saudi Arabia, Raif Badawi received the first 50 of his lashes in January before subsequent rounds were postponed for medical reasons.
- Badawi and his lawyer Walid Abulkhair, also an imprisoned rights activist, have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by a Norweigian parliamentarian.
- Badawi’s supporters have launched a Twitter solidarity campaign called #backlash, drawing red marks on their backs with lipstick to draw attention to his plight.
“All this cruel suffering happened to me because I expressed my opinion.”
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