I have DISABLED the comments option so no one gets tangled up in this disposition with me 🙏🏽 ———————.
Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance is profoundly disturbing and I pray that he will re-appear and the speculations will remain simply, speculations.. .
While I didn’t agree with all his views, he had a voice for people who didn’t have one and at great personal risk. .
If a non-opponent of the Saudi movement, is seen as a threat and if the speculations of him being extrajudicially killed in a foreign country are true, then what does that say about the thin skinned reform the country is making? .
And even if these speculations turn out to be untrue (which I hope is the case), the question about the legitimacy of genuine reform remains prudent, given our track record. .
Because while my country is turning heads by loosening its stiff social restrictions, most notably by lifting the ban on female driving, many female activists such as Lujain al-Hathloul, Aziza Al-Yousef, Eman Al-Nafjan were sent to jail. The women’s rights activists, Nassima al-Sada and Samar Badawi were detained. Badawi is the sister of a Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who set up an open forum website. She was consequently LASHED 1000 times in public and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Not withstanding the Shia activist Israa Al-Ghomgham who was SENTENCED to DEATH. .
My dear humans, these are not dismissible crimes? These are heinous crimes in violation of the most basic fundamentals of human rights. .
I have been asked to not speak. And I am well aware of the silence I will receive from many fellow Saudis - in response to this post - and I truly empathize with their reasons because the frenzy of fear for genuine Saudi reformers who dare to advocate publicly for human rights is justified. I however cannot remain silent. .
I am sanguine about prospects for justice. ——————————————————————————— #thehumancondition#freedomofexpression#saudiarabia#jamalkhashoggi#azizaalyousef#emanalnafjan#nassimaalsada#samarbadawi#raifbadawi#israaalghomgham#الحريه#جمال_خاشقجي#حريه_التعبير#مدربه_متخصصه_بالسلوكيات _البشريه #مريم_غوث#الحاله_البشريه#الوجوديه
I bought this slightly #Norfolk -inspired jacket from @harek.hansen figuring it would be the perfect bicycling jacket. Turns out it was also a good choice for demonstrating outside the Saudi embassy for their treatment of accused apostates like #RaifBadawi . As a #Humanist i support the right to both proselytize and criticize religions, to be religious or have no religion at all. #InstagramActivism#FreeRaif#freeraifbadawi
AU #RYTHME DE NOTRE #MONDE dans Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse, 31 août 2018 : Le blogueur militant #RaifBadawi croupit en #prison depuis six ans. Son crime ? Avoir défendu la #liberté de #conscience en #ArabieSaoudite .
Vous trouverez ci-dessous des liens vers (1) la #bandedessinée de Radio-Canada et (2) la pétition d' Amnistie Internationale Canada Francophone demandant au gouvernement canadien d'agir en faveur de M. Badawi.
One day, when @raif_badawi is free and #FreeRaif has achieved its goal, #RaifBadawi will be able to kiss his wife @miss9afi, just like any husband and wife, and just like the sailor and the girl in #SanDiego at the #USSMidway !
Le #billet du jour à lire sur charliehebdo.fr .
Le gendre idéal et accessoirement Premier ministre canadien, Justin Trudeau, est un garçon courageux. Il rate rarement une occasion, par exemple, d'affronter la superpuissance française en rappelant combien elle maltraite et discrimine ses citoyens musulmans avec sa laïcité liberticide et ses lois racistes sur les signes religieux. Mais, curieusement, il est beaucoup plus mesuré lorsqu'il s'agit des droits humains en Arabie saoudite. Ainsi, lorsque sa ministre des Affaires étrangères, Chrystia Freeland, déclenche une crise diplomatique avec le royaume en publiant un tweet dans lequel elle se déclare « très alarmée d'apprendre l'emprisonnement de Samar Badawi, la soeur de Raif Badawi » et assure que « le Canada appuie la famille Badawi dans cette difficile épreuve et [continue] fortement à appeler à la libération de Raif et Samar Badawi », le beau Justin a ses vapeurs. « On ne veut pas avoir de mauvaises relations avec l'Arabie saoudite, c'est un pays qui a quand même une certaine importance dans le monde », a-t-il bredouillé après que Riyad eut expulsé l'ambassadeur canadien en guise de réponse au tweet... À sa décharge, reconnaissons que peu de grandes démocraties occidentales se payent le luxe de « mauvaises relations » avec l'Arabie saoudite.
Rappelons tout de même que le blogueur Raif Badawi a été condamné en novembre 2014 à dix ans de prison et à 1 000 coups de fouet pour « insulte envers l'islam ». En réalité, pour avoir créé un site et un blog très suivi, consacré aux droits humains dans le royaume - sujet inépuisable, mais délicat à manier. Depuis janvier 2015, il est fouetté chaque vendredi, puis renvoyé toute la semaine dans son cachot pour cicatriser à l'ombre... Son épouse, Ensaf Haidar, et ses trois enfants se sont réfugiés au Québec et viennent d'obtenir la nationalité canadienne. Il semble qu'ils peuvent compter sur le soutien de la ministre des Affaires étrangères - du moins tant qu'elle est maintenue à son poste -, mais un peu moins sur celui du Premier ministre. Lui, préfère mettre toute son énergie dans la défense des accommodements raisonnables...
Raif Badawi is a blogger and human rights activist who co-founded the website Free Saudi Liberals in 2008. Badawi and his colleagues intended the website to encourage debate on religious and political issues in Saudi Arabia despite the country’s restricted civic space.
Badawi faced harassment and questioning following the creation of Free Saudi Liberals, beginning with charges of insulting Islam in 2008, continuing through a 2009 travel ban and asset freeze, and culminating in his June 2012 arrest and December 2012 trial on charges of insulting Islam. Evidence for this charge reportedly included posts on Free Saudi Liberals that criticized Saudi religious authorities and raised theological questions. The Saudi courts originally also recommended charging Badawi with apostasy, a crime punishable by death, reportedly due to his liking a Saudi Christian Facebook page and saying that “Muslims, Jews, Christians, and atheists are all equal.” The judge dropped this charge after Badawi stated that he was a Muslim and recited the Islamic declaration of faith.
In July 2013, a Saudi court sentenced Badawi to 600 lashes and 7 years in prison for insulting Islam and breaking the anti-cybercrime law by founding a liberal website. Following an appeal of the sentence, a criminal court re-sentenced him in May 2014 to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, a 1 million riyal fine, and a 10-year travel and media ban following release. Badawi received the first 50 lashes in January 2015 in front of Al Juffali Mosque in Jeddah. Following an international outcry and a medical doctor’s finding that Badawi could not physically endure more lashings, no further lashings have yet been carried out. However, in June 2015 and March 2017, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld the sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. #equalrights#feminism#humanism#metoo#pride#humanrights#womenmovemountains#freedomofspeech#freedomofthepress#freedomofreligion#freedomfromreligion#blacklivesmatter#womanthatdid#RaifBadawi#BraveWoman#disabledrights#menarefeministstoo
189e vigile en soutien à la libération de Raif Badawi. Il faut continuer de réclamer sa libération malgré les tensions entre l’Arabie Saoudite et le Canada. Nous devons être des leaders dans la défense des droits de la personne!
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first public comment regarding the ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia over Canada’s public call for Saudi Arabia to release Saudi activist. •Trudeau says Canada will ‘stand up’ for human rights amid escalating dispute with Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is expecting an apology from Canada over what its calls “interference of its internal affairs” •Asked if he would apologize to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Trudeau told journalists Wednesday: “Canadians have always expected our government to speak strongly, firmly, clearly and politely about the need to respect human rights at home and around the world. ... We will continue to stand up for Canadian values and indeed for universal values and human rights at any occasion.
“That is something I will always do,” he said
We hope that the Canadian Government stays committed to these words and takes the next step and suspends the $15 billions arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
Numa nova onda de repressão contra ativistas, clérigos e jornalistas, a #ArábiaSaudita prendeu mais duas ativistas de direitos das #mulheres , anunciou nesta quarta-feira (1) a #ONG Human Rights Watch (#HRW ). Entre as detidas está #SamarBadawi , a irmã do blogueiro #RaifBadawi , que está preso desde 2012.
Desde maio, mais de dez ativistas foram presas no país. A maioria delas fazia campanha pelo direito #feminino de dirigir e pelo fim do sistema de guarda #masculino , que obriga mulheres a obter o consentimento de um parente do sexo masculino para a maioria das suas decisões.
Badawi recebeu em 2012 um prêmio internacional dos Estados Unidos de coragem civil por sua luta para mudar o sistema de guarda masculino. A ativista também foi uma das primeiras mulheres que assinou uma petição pedindo ao governo que permitisse que mulheres dirigissem e votassem.
Além dela, a ativista Nassima al-Sadah, que defende temas semelhantes aos de Badawi, também foi detida. O #governo não comentou as prisões.
"As prisões de Samar Badawi e Nassima al-Sadah são um sinal de que as autoridades sauditas veem qualquer dissidência pacífica, seja no passado ou no presente, como uma ameaça ao seu governo autocrático", afirmou Sarah Leah Whitson, diretora da HRW para o #OrienteMédio .
As recentes #prisões contradizem a imagem progressista que o governo deseja passar com as reformas para a modernização da sociedade saudita liderada pelo príncipe herdeiro Mohammed bin Salman.
Nos últimos dois anos, o dirigente reduziu as restrições da segregação por #gênero e a proibição de presença feminina em shows, além de reabrir os cinemas no país. No início de junho, a Arábia Saudita também aprovou um projeto de lei que criminaliza o assédio sexual e permitiu às mulheres dirigir.
Apesar da aparente abertura, em maio, o governo prendeu mais de 15 ativistas de direitos humanos, muitos deles identificados como defensores do direito feminino de #dirigir . Os detidos foram acusados de minar a segurança do país.
Fonte: G1 / DW
Happy birthday to this inspirational woman, Loujain Hathloul. She is still in Saudi prison for criticising the driving ban, even though it was lifted shortly after her arrest. Vision 2030 should include a provision for her release, along with Raif Badawi & all activists.
For these words the Saudi writer @raif_badawi has been convicted to 10 years in prison, 1000 lashes and a huge financial punishment in his country Saudi Arabia.
Some of his blogs were collected in his book "1000 lashes: Because I say what I think". The world needs to know his words.
This is for the Nasrins and Raifs of this World.
A woman who refuses to bend down
knowing who’s right and who’s wrong
a target to her country’s leaders
who want to silence her once again.
A man who stood up for his people
writing about a fallen homeland
a disgrace to his kingdom
that ignores who’s the ultimate shame.
A woman who saves and heals
her fearless words are kept by truth
as a warrior she fights for them
and for those behind cold and empty bars.
A man who believes in a better future
his courage to push it forward
with writings stemmed from a free heart
worth of public torture in front of a mosque.
Fathers, mothers, sinners and lovers
Nasrins and Raifs of this world
we are watching you
we are watching your prosecutors,
your judges, your leaders.
How can world leaders proudly shake hands
with a king that allows
public flogging of an innocent man?
What makes a woman’s work so dangerous
that her freedom must be robbed for years multiple times?
Nasrins, Raifs of this world
we want you to feel the wind in your hair
we want you to walk freely through open fields
we want you to come home
and to keep sharing the truth
we support you
like we support your words.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer and Raif Badawi, a Saudi writer and activist are being punished just for doing their work and for expressing their freedom of speech.
They are not alone. There are more Nasrins and Raifs out there we don't know much about. These men and women are the heroes of this world.
We must share their stories.
We must tell the world about them.
Last night at the Los Angeles Press Club Awards, philosopher and computer scientist Dr. Judea Pearl, father of slain WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl, gave an award to jailed Saudi blogger #raifbadawi . He gave a beautiful tribute to the apostates, who bring truth, often at great personal expense. He cited these lines from Lord Byron’s Prometheus: “Thy Godlike crime was to be kind, / To render with thy precepts less / The sum of human wretchedness/ And strengthen Man with his own mind;” There is so much work to do. @lapressclub #initandofit#journalism#press#newspaper#resist#danielpearl#judeapearl
Pensées...Triste anniversaire!!! #Freeraïf
7 juin 2012 - 17 juin 2018
Cela fait 6 ans que #RaifBadawi blogueur & journaliste saoudien est incarcéré en Arabie saoudite.
Rassemblement de soutien ce dimanche, à 11h, au pied de la statue de la Liberté , Île aux cygnes, face à la Maison de la Radio
Ses 3 enfants et son épouse que j' ai rencontrés en mars dernier à Sherbrook🇨🇦attendent sa libération. Entre espoir et tristesse!😪
Portrait de l artiste peintre canadien Louis Robichaud👌🌟
"Any religion-based state has a mission to limit the minds of its people, to fight the developments of history and logic, and to dumb down its citizens.
It’s important to stand in the way of such a mentality, to deny it from continuing its mission to murder the souls of its people, killing them deep within while they are still alive and breathing." -- #RaifBadawi
As a #Christian , #Muslim , or whichever #faith we subscribe to, does not our brother, an #atheist , speak the #truth here?
He's enduring years of #imprisonment and 1000 lashes for speaking his mind. A true leader of free thought.
This is not acceptable and #humanity demands his #freedom . #FreeRaif
« 6 ans, c’est long... 175 vigiles, c’est long... Je suis touchée que les gens soient patients, ils me donnent du courage pour continuer à espérer pour #raifBadawi » Ensaf, épouse de @raif_badawi Merci de rester mobilisés!