Supporters of jailed blogger Raif Badawi have started an organization to push for his release and to promote freedom of expression and of the press.
The Raif Badawi Foundation will, as per its mandate, focus on informing and educating people about freedom of speech through workshops, conferences and speeches.
Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu and author Salman Rushdie have already joined the ranks of honorary members.
Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidr, was in Germany Friday to meet people who support the cause.
Despite being incarcerated in Saudi Arabia, Badawi was named president of the foundation. He was imprisoned in June 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes for his criticisms of Islam.
Évelyn Abitbol, the foundations cofounder and general director, pressed Canada’s political leaders to take a stance in favour of Badawi’s release and freedom of expression.