June 17, 2015, will mark three years since Saudi Arabian blogger and activist Raif Badawi was arrested as a result of writings he posted on his secular website Free Saudi Liberals. On this grim anniversary, English PEN, joined by other organizations, is leading a Day of Action in support of Badawi, as well as his lawyer and brother-in-law, Walled Abulkhair. While demonstrations will be taking place in the U.K., concerned individuals around the world are encouraged to participate in the Day of Action in the following ways:
- Send a letter appealing for Badawi’s release to the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Ottawa. Sample letter here.
- Sign Amnesty International’s petition calling on Saudi authorities to immediately halt the flogging punishment, and to release Badawi unconditionally.
- Send a message of support to Badawi’s family through English PEN (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through Twitter: Raif Badawi (@raif_badawi), Ensaf Haider (Badawi’s wife – @miss9afi) and Waleed Abulkhair (@WaleedAbulkhair).
- Add your voice to the Thunderclap for Badawi’s freedom.
Background information on Raif Badawi here.