Raif Badawi started a blog where readers could openly discuss religion, politics and other topics in Saudi Arabia. For this peaceful act, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. On January 9, the first of these floggings was carried out.
Raif is at-risk of further floggings each week. His wife hasn't seen him and fears for his life. So do we at Amnesty.
Call the Saudi Arabian authorities and ask them to end Raif's floggings and release him immediately.
To reach a Saudi official:
Please call the Saudi embassy by calling (202) 342-3800. Press 2 for English, then 0 for the operator. If the operator is not available, you can also try 3 for Public Affairs. You might say something like this:
My name is [first name], and I am profoundly disturbed by the flogging of Raif Badawi. Flogging is a flagrant violation of the prohibition on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment in international law. I urge you to prevent any future flogging of Raif Badawi and to release him immediately and unconditionally.
Please use the form provided to let us know how the call went.
Please note: If you do not reach an operator upon the first time you call, please try again. The Saudi embassy is not used to receiving a large volume of phone calls, but trying again will often put you in touch. Thank you for your resilient efforts!