On October 23, 2014, PEN Canada presented Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi with the One Humanity Award, given to writers whose work “transcends the boundaries of national divides and inspires …
In February 2014, Ensaf Haidar, wife of detained Saudi Arabian online editor Raif Badawi, talked to PEN International about her husband’s work with the Free Saudi Liberals, his subsequent conviction and sentence, and her experience since his arrest. This interview was originally published by PEN International.
Raif Badawi will receive the 2014 One Humanity Award at PEN Canada’s annual benefit on the opening night of the 35th International Festival of Authors on October 23.
PEN calls for Badawi’s conviction to be quashed and for the immediate and unconditional release of both him and his lawyer.
PEN Canada is deeply concerned about the “apostasy” recommended to be brought against editor Raef Badawi. If convicted, Badawi could face the death penalty.