The fight to get Saudi Arabia to stop being a barbaric, totalitarian state is not going well. The Supreme Court of that country upheld Raif Badawi’s sentence of 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for the “crime” of “insulting Islam.”
Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on blogger Raif Badawi, despite a foreign outcry.
Speaking from Canada, his wife Ensaf Haidar told the BBC she feared his punishment would start again on Friday.
Badawi was arrested in 2012 for “insulting Islam through electronic channels”.
Saudi authorities sent his case for review amidst global protests, after the first round of lashes in January.
It’s barbarism. It’s totalitarian oppression. And it’s being done by our allies, to whom we are beholden because they control a big chunk of the world’s oil. The chances of pushing them to reform are slim if they exist at all (the only threat to their power comes from groups like ISIS, who are even worse). The only thing we can do, then, is to provide a way to get these brave people out of harm’s way as we did for Taslima. You can help by contributing to the Freethought Emergency Fund set up by the Center for Inquiry.