Peter Tatchell - on Raif Badawi
Peter Tatchell, renowned UK-based Human Rights Activist and Director of The Peter Tatchell Foundation - sends this message of support for Raif Badawi.
“Freedom of expression is one of the most important of all human rights. It is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Raif Badawi sought to exercise his right to free expression by promoting critical thought and debate. For his peaceful expression of ideas, the Saudi Arabian authorities have jailed and flogged him, in violation of international humanitarian law. Raif Badawi is a political prisoner and a hero of freedom and liberty. I urge the Saudi government to release him and to respect the right of all its citizens to think, speak and write freely.”