Amnesty Urges Saudi Government to Release Jailed Activist

Amnesty International joined Human Rights Watch in condemning the Saudi government legal action against activist Raif Badawi. In a statement published on its website today, Amnesty called the Saudi government to stop prosecuting people for expressing their opinions. “Raif Badawi’s trial for ‘apostasy’ is a clear case of intimidation against him and others who seek to engage in open debates about the issues that Saudi Arabians face in their daily lives,” said Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty Internationals Middle East and North Africa Program. “He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.”