In wake of death of Saudi King, Scottish humanists call for Raif Badawi to be released

Following the news that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has died,
Humanist Society Scotland acting chief executive Ian Scott has called for
blogger Raif Badawi to be released.

The death of King Abdullah was announced late on Thursday night, with King
Abdullah’s half brother, King Salman, ascending the throne.

Commenting, Scott said:

“In light of this news, we call upon the international community to put
pressure on King Salman to overturn the outrageous conviction of Raif Badawi.

“These developments offer a chance for Saudi Arabia to pause and reflect on
this recent infringement of human rights and free speech. The reaction of the
new King Salman will be a key indicator to the international community, and we
urge him to act responsibly.

“The treatment of Badawi by officials in Saudi Arabia has been woeful. They
have an opportunity here to demonstrate to the world that they can change – we
urge them to take it, and to release Raif.”

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Further information:

what-we-do/news/humanists-give-very-cautious-welcome-to-raif-badawi-case-review/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30945324

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