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To: Foreign Minister Philip Hammond
Stop Raif Badawi's next 950 lashes
Stop Raif Badawi and other prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia being physically abused and given long prison terms for promoting free speech.
Why is this important?
Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison for encouraging free speech and debate about politics and religion in his home country, Saudi Arabia. He has endured 50 lashes already in a public space in front of a crowd of on-lookers. Saudi Arabia is not a democracy and has its own system of government. Regardless of our respect for different cultures and traditions, it is not acceptable that any country should treat its citizens as criminals for expressing opinions about their society or that their citizens should be physically abused for their beliefs.