Vigil for imprisoned writers in Saudi Arabia

Friday 27 April, 9:00 am10:00 am

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‘My voice and the voices of others like me shall reach the world, no matter how hard they try to silence us’ – Waleed Abulkhair

Join English PEN and Reporters Without Borders for our monthly vigils in support of Raif Badawi, Waleed Abulkhair and Ashraf Fayadh

This month marks the fourth anniversary of the arrest of award-winning human rights defender and lawyer Waleed Abulkhair on 15 April 2014. Three months later, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for ‘undermining the regime and officials’, ‘inflaming public opinion’, and ‘distorting the kingdom’s reputation’.

Among the clients Waleed defended was the blogger Raif Badawi. Raif is also imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, serving a 10-year prison sentence and with the threat of 950 lashes still looming over him.

English PEN has been holding regular vigils outside the Saudi Embassy in London for Raif and Waleed for over three years, after Badawi was first flogged for his peaceful activism in January 2015.

We will also be continuing to call for the immediate release of Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh, currently serving eight years in prison in Saudi Arabia and facing the threat of 800 lashes.

Please join us on Friday 27 April 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).

#FreeRaif #FreeWaleed #FreeAshraf

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