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World leaders bear a “moral responsibility” to help Raif Badawi, says Saudi blogger’s wife

By Jessica Abrahams  

Raif Badawi in 2012 © Ensaf Haidar

Human rights abuses may not be uncommon in Saudi Arabia, but the cruelty of Raif Badawi’s case has been front-page news in the west and sparked protests from London to Washington and Montreal to Berlin. The blogger was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes—to be dished out in weekly instalments—and a quarter of a million dollar fine after publishing articles about free speech and secularism. His former lawyer, Waleed Abu Alkhair, who established an independent human rights monitoring centre…

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