Jailed, flogged Saudi blogger wins EU human rights prize

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

An activist with Badawi's poster
An activist with Badawi’s poster

Raif Badawi was honoured with the award as a symbol of the fight for freedom of speech.

The announcement was greeted with a standing ovation on Thursday at the European Parliament assembly in France.

“I urge the king of Saudi Arabia to free him, so he can accept the prize,” Parliament President Martin Schulz said.

Badawi was one of three nominees for the prize this year.

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