Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi wins EU human rights prize

Published: Thursday 29th October 2015 by The News Editor

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A Saudi blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Muslim clerics has won the European Union’s Sakharov Prize for human rights.

Raif Badawi was honoured with the award as a symbol of the fight for freedom of speech after a vote, EU politicians said.

The prize will be announced publicly later in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

The freedom of thought award is named after the Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov. It was set up in 1988 to honour people and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Mr Badawi was one of three nominees for the prize, along with the Venezuelan opposition movement Mesa de la Unidad Democratica, and assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Published: Thursday 29th October 2015 by The News Editor

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