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Speech in the presence of Ensaf Haidar, the wife of Raif Badawi

On December 14, Marietje Schaake spoke in the Foreign Affairs committee to Ensaf Haidar, the wife of Raif Badawi. The liberal blogger has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes, 10 years of imprisonment, and a high fine. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be awarded to Raif Badawi on Wednesday 16 December in Strasbourg, as a recognition of his outstanding achievements in upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms. Schaake nominated Badawi. Earlier, Schaake said: “With this award, the European Parliament recognises his courage to seek free expression and religious freedom. Badawi is paying an extremely high price for his continuing struggle for freedom and equality. The Sakharov Prize is an important acknowledgement and can help to save his life.” See also: 29-10-2015 MEP: Sakharov prize supports Raif Badawi and his fight for freedom 16-10-2015 Special reading of the works of Raif Badawi 16-06-2015 MEP: Saudi Arabia must pardon Raif Badawi 13-02-2015 MEP: Saudi Arabia must release Raif Badawi 12-02-2015 Plenary speech & Resolution on Saudi Arabia and the case of Raif Badawi 29-01-2015 MEPs address King Salman of Saudi Arabia regarding the case of Raif Badawi 21-01-2015 MEPs call for urgent action in the case of Saudi Arabian Writer Raif Badawi 30-09-2014 Written Question to the High Representative on the case of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia raif-badawi