Saudi blogger sentenced to arrest and beatings receives European Union award

Saudi blogger sentenced to arrest and beatings receives European Union award

By Robin EmmottBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam and committing cyber crimes, has received the ...

By Robin EmmottBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam and committing cyber crimes, received the European Union prize for human rights and freedom of expression on Thursday.Badawi received the first of 50 scourges in January, triggering harsh criticism from Western countries of the kingdom's human rights record, including restrictions on religious freedom and the rights of Saudi women.This month in London, Badawi had already received the International Writer of Courage Award and was co-winner of the PEN Pinter Award.On Monday, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the English capital threatened "potentially serious repercussions" for ties with Britain unless a more respectful relationship is developed.Syed Kamall, a British parliamentarian and member of the European Assembly who has nominated Badawi for EU honor, said: “Saudi Arabia can lock up and flog him, but will only strengthen ...


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