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Saudi blogger Raif Badawi wins EU's Sakharov rights prize

November 7, 2015
(Additional reporting simply by Julia Fioretti; Editing through Louise Ireland)

BRUSSELSSaudi blogger Raif Badawi, who continues for you to be sentenced in order to 1,000 lashes and also ten a long time inside jail for insulting Islam and for cyber crime, was awarded the actual European Union's award for human rights as well as freedom regarding thought in Thursday.

Badawi received the initial regarding his 50 lashes throughout January, prompting strong criticism inside Western countries in the kingdom's human rights record, including its restrictive laws on political as well as religious expression and the status involving Saudi women.

This month inside London, he was handed the actual International Author associated with Courage award along with has been co-recipient in the PEN Pinter Prize.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador in London on Monday threatened "potentially severe repercussions" for its ties together with Britain unless an even more respectful discourse developed.

British lawmaker Syed Kamall, any person in the particular European assembly which nominated Badawi for the EU prize, said, "Saudi Arabia can easily lock up the actual man and they can easily lash him, but they will only strengthen amongst his countrymen the actual yearning with regard to free associated with charge speech along with debate which he stands for."

A Jeddah court handed Badawi his sentence inside 2012 following he criticized the particular Saudi clergy in the weblog along with referred to as regarding changes inside the method religion is actually practiced within Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia, that follows your strict Wahhabi kind of Islam, doesn't permit your public worship associated with additional faiths or even allow these to maintain locations involving worship inside the actual country. . Throughout a new law final year, it included atheism as being a terrorist offence.

Named within honor regarding Soviet scientist as well as dissident Andrei Sakharov, Badawi's latest winning prize continues in order to be awarded from the European Parliament annually since 1988. The very first recipients were Nelson Mandela and also Russian author and dissident Anatoly Marchenko

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