Virtual vigil for writers and activists at risk in Saudi Arabia

Join ALQST, English PEN and Reporters Without Borders on 27 March for our monthly vigil in solidarity with writers, journalists and activists at risk and imprisoned in Saudi Arabia

We have been holding regular vigils outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London for more than five years, since imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi was flogged in January 2015. Sadly Raif is just one of many writers, journalists and activists – including 2020 Nobel Peace Prize nominees Waleed Abu al-Khair, Loujain al-Hathloul and Naseema al-Sadah – currently in detained in Saudi Arabia.

Following the latest public health advice from the UK government, this month’s vigil will be held online rather than outside the Embassy. Throughout the day on 27 March, writers, journalists and activists across the UK and around the world will be encouraged to join our virtual vigil on social media. Please join us to show your support for our imprisoned colleagues and amplify the calls for their releases.


Share messages of support and solidarity on social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Hashtags: #virtualvigil #StandWithSaudiHeroes

Suggested messages:

As we can’t be @SaudiEmbassyUK in person today, we’re holding a #virtualvigil for our imprisoned colleagues instead. Please join us. #StandWithSaudiHeroes

The COVID-19 pandemic makes the situation of Saudi Arabia’s jailed writers, journalists and activists even more urgent, as they now face the risk of infection. We gather for a #virtualvigil to call again for their immediate release. #StandWithSaudiHeroes

Proud to join today’s #virtualvigil for imprisoned writers, journalists and activists in Saudi Arabia. #StandWithSaudiHeroes

Adding my voice to today’s online vigil for writers at risk in Saudi Arabia @englishpen @RSF_en @ALQST_En #virtualvigil #StandWithSaudiHeroes

Translation in French

Rejoignez notre #virtualvigil (rassemblement virtuel) pour les auteurs, journalistes et activistes emprisonnés en Arabie saoudite. #StandWithSaudiHeroes

Puisque nous ne pouvons pas nous rendre à la @SaudiEmbassyUK en personne aujourd’hui, nous tenons à la place un #virtualvigil (rassemblement virtuel) pour nos collègues emprisonnés. Rejoignez-nous. #StandWithSaudiHeroes

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