Later on January, two days before he was due to be publicly lashed another 50 times in a Jeddah square, doctors deemed Raif too unwell to be flogged. The week before, the authorities had postponed his scheduled 50 lashes after a prison doctor advised that Raif was unfit to be lashed, and that the flogging should be postponed for a week on medical grounds. Badawi is not a criminal – he is a prisoner of conscience who called for free speech on his website. His treatment by authorities in Saudi Arabia has been nothing short of a vicious act of cruelty. Check out below the various options offered (especially the Amnesty International campaign) and ask them to release Raif Badawi now.
Raif Badawi was flogged in public 50 times last January. He has 950 lashes and nearly a decade in prison left to serve – simply for blogging about free speech. Just after Friday prayers, he was led by Saudi officials out of a bus and into the middle of the square in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. A large crowd had gathered to see the flogging. Badawi stood in the middle of the crowd, handcuffed and shackled by his ankles, his face uncovered. A security officer approached him and began caning him across the back and legs, until he had been beaten 50 times. A witness told us it took just five minutes to cane Badawi 50 times; the lashes were constant and quick.