Pledge to protest for Raif Badawi

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 We will only use your details to contact you about this campaign, unless you agree otherwise, and they will not be published.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.

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Cat Lucas is English PEN's Writers at Risk Programme Manager

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7 Comments on “Pledge to protest for Raif Badawi”

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

    1. 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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