Pledge to protest for Raif Badawi

If they flog Raif again we must be ready to take action


Like millions of others across the world, we are demanding an end to the flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. However, if further floggings do go ahead, we must be in a position to take immediate action.

With that in mind, we are gathering the names and contact details of organisations and individuals who would be willing to join a mass protest outside the Saudi Embassy in London in the event that Badawi receives further lashes. We hope that the threat of such an action will make the Saudi authorities aware of the level of outrage such punishment will cause.


We would plan to hold the protest in the afternoon on the day after Raif Badawi is flogged in order to allow those from outside London to join us. If you are prepared to consider joining a protest at short notice, please provide us with your details.

We’d also be really grateful if you could urge your friends and colleagues to do the same by sharing this link on social media with the hashtag #PledgetoProtest and your reason for pledging.

Thank you.

NB. We will only use your details to contact you about this campaign, unless you agree otherwise, and they will not be published. Nor will we sell or transfer personal data to any third party.

English PEN will also be continuing to organise regular vigils outside the Saudi Embassy in London on the last Friday of every month. The next one will be taking place on 31 July. Do join us.


7 Comments on Pledge to protest for Raif Badawi - Leave a comment

John Tummon

Solidarity to you in this but holding protests in the afternoon is an irrelevant & tokenistic sop in the light of what it costs to travel from the north to London. Are there no Saudi consulates outside London?

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PEN-Zentrum protestiert « Lyrikzeitung & Poetry News

[…] PEN urges the Saudi authorities to desist from punishing individuals for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression. Other cases of particular concern to PEN include the liberal blogger Raif Badawi, winner of the 2015 PEN Pinter Prize for an International Writer of Courage, and his lawyer and brother-in-law Waleed Abulkhair. Badawi has been sentenced to ten years in prison and 1000 lashes, while Abulkhair is serving a 15-year prison sentence. English PEN continues to hold regular vigils for Badawi and Abulkhair outside the Saudi Embassy in London; we are also asking members of the public to pledge to protest in the event that Badawi is flogged again. /… […]

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Aysha Griffin

There must be more we can do than placards and vigils. If it were you sentenced to death for writing, what would you want done? How about flooding social media with calls to share this, bring pressure especially on US government and others with close ties to Saudi Arabia to stop this madness? I am tweeting but a campaign would be good. Give us links, tell us what to do. Thank you and blessings on all hearts that care.

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Robert Sharp

There is a sophisticated campaign in place! As well as the vigils, PEN has been lobbying politicians and diplomats at all levels and raising awareness on social media and in the traditional media with appearances on BBC radio and comment in the newspapers. The #FreeRaif hashtag is well established.

That aside: imprisoned writers and their families always say that the placards and vigils give them succour in dark times. This is certainly what Ensaf Haidar, Raif’s wife, has said about the PEN vigils in London.

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