MEPs call for urgent action in the case of Saudi Arabian Writer Raif Badawi

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Badawi Today, Marietje Schaake and more than 100 other MEPs sent a letter to High Representative Federica Mogherini. They call for urgent action in the case of Saudi Arabian Writer Raif Badawi. Please refer to the letter below or download. Earlier, on September 26, 2014, Schaake sent Written Questions to High Representative Mogherini  when the Court of Appeal in Saudi Arabia upheld the sentence imposed on Raif Badawi on 7 May.  Call for urgent action in the case of Saudi Arabian writer Raif Badawi from MEP's Dear Madam High Representative, Dear Federica Mogherini, As you are no doubt aware, a tragic and barbaric abuse of human rights is currently taking place in Saudi Arabia supported by the judicial system. The writer and blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and 1000 lashes for starting a website and expressing his critical views of religious authorities. As of this writing Raif Badawi has already been publicly flogged once, specifically on the 9th of January when 50 lashes were administered. A further 50 lashes were scheduled for Friday the 16th of January. These were however suspended following a medical examination which found that Mr Badawi was physically unable to sustain further abuse. Mr Badawi therefore still faces the gruelling prospect of a further 950 lashes. Those will be applied when his doctors may deem that his wounds are sufficiently healed to allow his body to endure further torture. A formal Written Question to the High Representative has already been lodged. However, owing to the urgent nature of Mr Badawi's desperate case we, the undersigned Members of the European Parliament have deemed it necessary to write directly to you and to ask you to take immediate action on behalf of the European Union and its member states. We therefore ask you to;
  • Condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the treatment of Raif Badawi
  • Ask the Saudi Arabian authorities that the remaining sentence be immediately suspended and ultimately revoked
  • State the actions that you, the EEAS and the Commission in general have taken or are going to take regarding this case
Kind regards, Agnes JONGERIUS Alessia Maria MOSCA Ana Maria GOMES Ana-Claudia TAPARDEL Anders VISTISEN Ángela VALLINA DE LA NOVAL Angelika MLINAR Anneliese DODDS Anne-Marie MINEUR Barbara KAPPEL Barbara LOCHBIHLER Bart STAES Beatriz BECERRA BASTERRECHEA Bodil CEBALLOS Carlos COELHO Catherine BEARDER Catherine STIHLER Charles TANNOCK Christel SCHALDEMOSE Christine REVAULT d'ALLONNES BONNEFOY Clara Eugenia AGUILERA GARCÍA Clare MOODY Claude ROLIN Costas CHRYSOGONOS Csaba SÓGOR Demetris PAPADAKIS Dennis DE JONG Dietmar KÖSTER Edourd MARTIN Elena VALENCIANO Enrique CALVET CHAMBON Eric ANDRIEU Eva KAILI Fabio DE MASI Fernando MAURA BARANDIARÁN Fredrick FEDERLEY Gerben-Jan GERBRANDY Glenis WILLMOTT Hans-Olaf HENKEL Heidi HAUTALA Hilde VAUTMANS Hugues BAYET Inmaculada RODRÍGUEZ-PIÑERO FERNÁNDEZ Ivo VAJGL, ALDE Izaskun BILBAO NARANDICA Javier COUSO PERMUY Javier LOPEZ Jean-Luc SCHAFFHAUSER Jeppe KOFOD Josef WEIDENHOLZER Juan Carlos GIRAUTA VIDAL Jude KIRTON-DARLING Julie WARD Jutta STEINRUCK Karima Delli Kati PIRI Kostadinka KUNEVA Lidia SENRA RODRÍGUEZ Mady DELVAUX-STEHRES Maria NOICHL Marietje SCHAAKE Marina ALBIOL GUZMÁN Mark DEMESMAEKER Martina WERNER Matt CARTHY Matthijs VAN MILTENBURG Merja KYLLÖNEN Miapetra KUMPULA-NATRI Michel REIMON Miltiadis KYRKOS Miriam DALLI Miroslav POCHE Morten HELVEG PETERSEN Morten MESSERSCHMIDT Neena Gill Nessa CHILDERS Nicolas BAY Ole CHRISTENSEN Olga SEHNALOVÁ Paloma LÓPEZ BERMEJO Pascal DURAND Patricija ŠULIN Paul TANG Pavel TELIČKA Pedro SILVA PEREIRA Petras AUSTREVICIUS Renate WEBER Renato SORU Richard CORBETT Richard HOWITT Rina Ronja KARI Roberta METSOLA Sabine LÖSING Santiago FISAS AYXELÀ Seb DANCE Sofia SAKORAFA Sophia in 't VELD Soraya POST Sylvie GUILLAUME Tanja FAJON Theresa GRIFIN Ulrike LUNACEK Ulrike TREBESIUS Victor NEGRESCU Vincent PEILLON