Sunday, June 21, 2015

URGENT: My husband Raif’s sentence was upheld. He could be lashed this...

URGENT: Help me
prevent my husband
from being flogged
Dear Tracy,

When I last spoke to my husband, he told me something I won't forget.

He told me not to expect him home in the near future.

On Sunday, we learned that Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court made the decision to uphold my husband Raif Badawi's sentence — 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, to which he was sentenced for blogging.

Take action for my husband: Please help me prevent him from being flogged this Friday. Call the Saudi embassy today.

The court's decision terrifies me. It means that Raif will not only stay behind bars thousands of miles away from us — his family — but also that he might be flogged again as soon as this Friday. Though he hasn't been flogged since January 9, his sentence states that he is set to endure 950 more lashes over the span of 19 agonizing weeks.

Free people like you have done so much to mobilize on Raif's behalf. Raif asks about you and the protests you've organized nearly every time I speak with him.

I'm asking you now to continue to raise your voice. It's in moments like these that the Saudi authorities need to truly feel the pressure from dedicated activists like you.

Please call the Saudi embassy today to ask that Raif be unconditionally released.

Raif taught me to hang on, to be resilient and to continue fighting for his release. Though it is difficult in these moments, I know that these moments are the most important ones.

Thank you for continuing the fight.

Ensaf HaidarSincerely,
Ensaf Haidar
Wife of imprisoned Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi

P.S. Please call the Saudi embassy in Washington D.C. at (202) 342-3800. Press 2 for English, then 0 for the operator. Ask embassy officials to act urgently to see that Raif Badawi is not flogged, and that he is immediately and unconditionally freed. You can also mention that flogging is a violation of international law.

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