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Stand in solidarity with imprisoned writers in Saudi Arabia

30 September 2016, 9:00 am10:00 am

English PEN is continuing to hold monthly vigils in support of imprisoned writers Raif Badawi, Waleed Abulkhair and Ashraf Fayadh. Please join us to show them they have not been forgotten.

English PEN has been holding regular vigils outside the Saudi Embassy in London in support of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi and his lawyer Waleed Abulkhair since January 2015 when Badawi was first flogged for his peaceful activism. While Badawi has not been flogged since, he is continuing to serve a ten-year prison sentence, while Abulkhair is serving 15 years in prison for his human rights activism.

PEN is also continuing to call for the immediate release of Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh. Originally sentenced to death, Fayadh is now serving 8 years in prison and, like Badawi, continues to have the threat of hundreds of lashes looming over him.

Please join us on Friday 30 September from 9 – 10am for a peaceful vigil at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London. Activists are asked to meet at the Curzon Street entrance to the Embassy. (note: the postal address of the Embassy is 30-32 Charles Street, Mayfair, London). 

Join our photo action for Raif Badawi

English PEN and the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom are also inviting individuals and organisations all over the world to show their ongoing support for him and his family by sharing a photo of themselves holding a poster of Raif or a message of solidarity.

We are aiming to get 1000 images to represent the 1000 lashes to which Raif has been sentenced. As well as helping to raise and maintain awareness of his case, these photos will serve as a powerful visual representation of the widespread support for Raif and his family .

Please share your photo, ideally with details of where it was taken (eg Embassy of Saudi Arabia, London, UK).

Download our #FreeRaif poster

Send us your photos

Via Twitter:

  • Please share your photo with the hashtag #FreeRaif and tag @englishpen

Via Facebook:

Via Email:

  • Please email your photos, with the subject line ‘Free Raif photo’ and details of where it was taken (eg Saudi Embassy, London, UK) to cat@englishpen.org Please also send copies to the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom – info@fondationraifbadawi.org

** Thank you to our colleagues ADHRB, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD)Index on Censorship, the International Publishers Association and the Peter Tatchell Foundation for supporting this initiative. **


30 September 2016
9:00 am—10:00 am
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