RAIF BADAWI

 

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In May 2014, Raif Badawi was jailed for 10 years. His sentence also included 1,000 lashes, a 10-year travel ban, and a lifetime ban from appearing on media outlets once he is released.

 

What was Raif's so-called crime? Violating Saudi Arabia's information technology law and insulting Islam through the creation of 'Saudi Arabian Liberals,' a website meant for social and political debate in Saudi Arabia. He is a Prisoner of Conscience, imprisoned solely for the peaceful expression of his beliefs.

 

The charges against Raif are related to articles he wrote criticizing religious authorities in Saudi Arabia, and pieces penned by others that Raif published on the Saudi Arabian Liberals' site. The prosecution had called for him to be tried for 'apostasy' or abandoning his religion, which carries the death penalty.

 

Raif is one of many activists in Saudi Arabia persecuted for openly expressing their views online. Facebook and Twitter are incredibly popular in a country where people can't openly voice their opinions in public. The authorities have responded to this increase in online debate by monitoring social media sites and even trying to ban applications such as Skype and WhatsApp, further stifling free expression.


"We want life for those who call for our death, and rationality for those who desire ignorance for us." -Raif Badawi



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Your letters, emails, and calls to the authorities make a difference - so please take action for Raif.

In addition you can join Amnesty Brooklyn at our monthly meetings. We regualry work on Raif's case and all are welcome to join us in taking action. Find out more about our monthly meetings here.

 




INTERNATIONAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

 

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One-in-three women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime, with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries.


Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses and a global epidemic. It knows no national or cultural barriers and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict. It includes physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as rape, "honor killings", female genital cutting, and human trafficking.


Violence against women and girls is the definition of a cross-cutting issue that affects women's abilities to access the full spectrum of their human rights, such as accessing health care, employment, and education.


Violence against women and girls destabilizes countries, impedes economic progress, and prevents women from contributing to their community, and creating better lives for themselves and their families.


The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) would efficiently integrate gender-based violence prevention and response efforts into all U.S. government programming overseas by ensuring the U.S. has a strategy in place to do so, making ending violence against women and girls a diplomatic and foreign assistance priority for the United States.



Take Action


Below you'll find links that give you a variety of resources and actions you can take in support of IVAWA. Women and girls around the world have the right to live free from violence. Make your voice heard and demand that your Members of Congress commit to ending violence against women and girls across the globe by cosponsoring IVAWA today!


Sign Up: Sign our IVAWA online action
Download: IVAWA Activist Toolkit
Learn more: Background information on violence against women
Take Action: Download the script to call your Members of Congress

In addition you can join Amnesty Brooklyn at our monthly meetings and take direct action on the IVAWA. All the details are here.

 




UPDATE: ABLIKIM ABDIRIYIM RELEASED

 

 

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We're very happy to report that Ablikim Abdiriyim, a Uighur prisoner of conscience imprisoned in China since 2006, has been released after fully serving his sentence.


We still deplore Ablikim's arrest and detention as they should not have happened in the first place, but we're ecstatic that he's at last reunited with his family. His mother, Human Rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, credits the international community support for the outcome: "My son came out alive, and for that I am happy … I believe this is due to the concern shown by the international community and rights organizations, as well as pressure from western governments on Beijing"

More information on Ablikim Abdiriyim's release here.