Thursday, April 24, 2014

Reminder - Demonstration to Free Raif May 3 Saudi Embassy -- Ottawa

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From: Universalist Muslims <mpvottawa@gmail.com>

Free Arabia’s Malcolm X

Stand Up For Raif Badawi on UNESCO World Press Freedom Day – Demonstration outside the Saudi Embassy (Ottawa) on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm.

 For Immediate Release (Ottawa - April 22, 2014)  -- Concerned citizens and human rights organizations all over the world, to demonstrate for freedom of co-Founder of Saudi group, The Liberal Muslim Network, Raif Badawi, outside Saudi embassies on Saturday, May 3, 2014, UNESCO World Press Freedom Day.

 Raif Badawi – co-Founder of The Liberal Muslim Network, in Saudi Arabia, with partners and support in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait and Palestine, was arrested in Saudi Arabia, after demanding churches in Saudi Arabia for Christians, women’s rights in Saudi Arabia with the elimination of the male guardianship system, and an end to laws against apostasy in Saudi Arabia.

Raif Badawi was imprisoned in June, 2012, arrested on charges of insulting religious police and apostasy. He remains in prison in Jeddah at this time. At his latest appeal held December, 2013, the charge for apostasy was returned to the lower court for more evidence (it was not dropped). His sentence of 600 lashes and 7 years imprisonment, in effect since July, 2013, remains. He may still be convicted of apostasy. The penalty for apostasy is beheading. 

In arresting, convicting and imprisoning Raif Badawi, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has violated the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights including Articles, 2, 3, 18 and 19.

Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haider and the couple’s three school age children now live in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Ensaf Haider and a number of organizations and individuals all over the world are planning demonstrations to take place on Saturday, May 3 – UNESCO World Press Freedom Day, outside Saudi Embassies in support of Raif Badawi.  Ensaf will be in attendance at the Ottawa demonstration across from the Saudi embassy in Canada located at, 201 Sussex Drive.

Three demonstrations have already taken place and may take place again in Norway, Rome and New Zealand. Photo from demonstration in Norway below from Amnesty International.

We denounce the arrest, conviction and sentencing of Raif Badawi and demand that the Kingdom of Saudi  Arabia immediately and safely release Raif Badawi and permit him to join his wife and children in Canada and quash all charges and convictions against him.


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