Thursday, December 17, 2015

Henri and Maria Teresa Receive Ensaf Haidar

Today, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa received in audience Ensaf Haidar, the wife of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. Badawi was first arrested in 2012 of using the internet to insult Islam, and he was convicted in 2013; in 2014, his original sentence was increased 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, in addition to a fine.

Today also coincides with the conference "Le Prix Sakharov 2015 pour le bloggeur saoudien Riaf Badavi. La liberté d’expression en danger?" ("The Sakharov Prize 2015 for the Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi. Freedom of Expression in Danger?"), organized jointly by Amnesty International (which has actively spoken out against Badawi's arrest and punishment) and the European Parliament Information Office in Luxembourg. Ensaf Haidar, who fled to Canada after facing threats of her own in Saudi Arabia, is in Luxembourg to attend the conference.

A photo of the audience will be added if/when it's made available. Photos, as well as an interview, at Tageblatt.

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