Jailed and flogged in public for blogging: the case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi

Wednesday 17 May, 8:00 am9:30 am

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Doughty Street Chambers, in collaboration with English PEN and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), invite you to a breakfast talk focusing on Raif Badawi’s case, freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia, and what we can do here in the UK

8:00 am – Registration & breakfast
8:30 am – Panel Discussion
9:30 am – Close (Coffee and further discussion available until 10:00 am for those who can stay)

Raif Badawi was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012, simply for expressing his ideas – he took to his keyboard and started his own website. He has been in prison for nearly five years, serving a ten-year sentence, and he has also been sentenced to 1,000 lashes.  He has been flogged in public 50 times for exercising his right to freedom of expression and he is awaiting 950 more lashes.

Doughty Street Chambers, English PEN and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) invite you to a meeting to discuss Raif’s case and free speech in Saudi Arabia.  His wife, Ensaf Haidar, is co-founder of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom, an author and activist.  She lives under asylum in Canada and is visiting the UK to urge renewed calls for Badawi’s release on the eve of the five-year anniversary of his arrest.

She will be joined by Head of Doughty Street International, Steven Powles, Alexandra El Khazen, the Head of RSF’s Middle East Desk, and David Wearing of SOAS.  The meeting will be chaired by Eve Pollard OBE.

The event is free but as space is limited it is essential that you RSVP: events@doughtystreet.co.uk

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