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At this year's AmnesTEA can you please join Ensaf, Raif's wife who tirelessly campaigns for his release, and take action. You can do so by either downloading the petition and asking our guests to sign it, or go to the Amnesty website and sign the online petition.

Raif Badawi

In May 2014, Raif was sentenced to 10 years jail, a $300,000 fine and 1,000 lashes after starting a website for social and political debate in Saudi Arabia.

Raif received his first 50 lashes in public on 9 January this year, and was scheduled to be flogged each Friday. Medical advice stopped the floggings for the next two weeks and Raif continues to be spared without any reason given.

On release, Raif faces a 10-year travel ban ?hich would keep him from his wife and three young children in Canada.

When Raif's trial began in 2012, the prosecution unsuccessfully called for him to be tried for apostasy (when a person abandons their religion), which carries a death sentence in Saudi Arabia.

Raif's charges relate to articles he wrote criticising religious authorities in Saudi Arabia, as well as pieces written by others that were published on his website.

Raif is one of many activists in Saudi Arabia persecuted for expressing their views online. Social media is a popular outlet for expression in countries where people cannot freely voice their opinions in public. As a result, Saudi Arabian authorities are strictly monitoring social media sites.in prison in 2014 after calling on the Chinese government to step up its fight against corruption. http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/36113/