Raïf Badawi


Raïf Badawi is a blogger who was sentenced in Saudi Arabia to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of C$300,000 for "insulting religious values" and blasphemy after pleading, on social media and in the print media, for greater freedom of expression. This is a case that particularly affects Canada, as Mr. Raïf Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, and their children are refugees in Sherbrooke.

In October 2015, LWBC prepared and submitted a brief to the highest Saudi authorities and the Committee Against Torture. This brief, prepared with the support of the Barreau du Québec, the law firm Lavery and recognized experts in the field of human rights and Islamic law, demonstrates Saudi Arabia's failure to comply with its national and international obligations in three areas in particular in this case: the right to a fair trial, the right to freedom of expression and opinion, and finally the absolute prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. 

You can consult the brief here

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