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EU Parliament rewards Raif Badawi with Sakharov Prize

The Saudi blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Muslim clerics has won the European Union’s Sakharov prize for human rights.

SOURCES BBC AUTHOR Evangelical Focus STRASBOURG 29 OCTOBER 2015 12:55 h GMT+1
Raif Badawi was sentenced with 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, whose flogging sentence caused an outcry, has been awarded the European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize.



Mr Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes in Saudi Arabia for "insulting Islam". Earlier this month he also won the Pen Pinter Prize for championing free speech.



EU lawmakers said that Raif Badawi was honoured with the award as a symbol of the fight for freedom of speech after a vote



The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded by the European Parliament since 1988 to individuals or organisations for their contribution to the fight for human rights and democracy. It is named after the Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov.





A MESSAGE TO SAUDI ARABIAN AUTHORITIES”



Mr Badawi, author of the website Free Saudi Liberals, was convicted of insulting Islam in 2012 and fined £175,000.



He received the first 50 lashes of his sentence in January, but subsequent floggings have been postponed. In June, Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court upheld the verdict despite a foreign outcry.



"This man, who is an extremely good man, an exemplary man, has had imposed on him one of the most gruesome penalties" Parliament President Martin Schulz told a packed European Parliament assembly in Strasbourg, France.



 



Blogger Raif Badawi



"I call on the Saudi king to immediately free him. Relations depend on human rights being respected by our partners... they are not only not being respected but are being trodden underfoot."



Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament's Liberal bloc, said: "The European Parliament has sent today a strong political and humanitarian message to Saudi Arabian authorities."



In February, the EU parliament voted a resolution calling for Badawi’s immediate and unconditional release from jail. They called his flogging a “cruel and shocking act.”





BORIS NEMTSOV AND VENEZUELA OPPOSITION MOVEMENT



Mr Badawi's wife Ensaf Haidar, now living Canada with their children, said the award was a "message of hope and courage". "I thank the European Parliament," she told AFP news agency.



Badawi was one of three nominees for this year's prize along with assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and the Venezuelan opposition movement Mesa de la Unidad Democratica.



Previous winners include Nelson Mandela, Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi and Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai.


 

 


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