Concern about blogger’s condition after second flogging postponed

first_img Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more January 16, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about blogger’s condition after second flogging postponed Sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes last November, the young blogger was due to receive the second round of 50 lashes after Friday prayers today but the doctor who examined him this morning decided that he could not endure more flogging for the time being because he has not recovered from the first session aweek ago.The second session has therefore been postponed until next Friday.“Saudi Arabia can do longer deny the gravity of this flogging, a barbaric punishment that is contrary to international law,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “In view of Badawi’s alarming condition after 50 lashes, how can the Saudi authorities envisage inflicting another 950 lashes? It is a death sentence. He would not survive. Saudi Arabia must immediately rescind this sentence to avoid doing something that cannot be undone.”The international community is showing increasing concern about Badawi’s fate. After statements by the United States, the European Union and Canada (where Badawi’s family has found refuge), the United Nations have now called on the Saudi authorities to stop the flogging and give Badawi a pardon.After launching a petition for Badawi’s release that has been signed by more than 30,000 people, Reporters Without Borders joined Amnesty International France in protesting outside the Saudi Embassy in Paris yesterday. An RWB representative managed to give the petition to an embassy official. RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Receive email alerts Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further News News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is relieved that the Saudi authorities have postponed blogger Raif Badawi’s second session of 50 lashes on medical grounds but is very concerned about his health and urges the authorities to abandon this barbaric punishment altogether because it could prove fatal. Organisation News March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

News story: Secretary of State welcomes the appointment of Simon Byrne as new PSNI Chief Constable

first_img I welcome the appointment today by the Policing Board of Simon Byrne as the new Chief Constable of the PSNI. I wish Simon all the very best as he takes up his new role, and builds on work of the current Chief Constable, George Hamilton, whose leadership has been vital during a challenging for policing in Northern Ireland. I thank George Hamilton for the significant contribution he has made to policing in Northern Ireland. This Government remains committed to ensuring that the Chief Constable has the fullest possible support to keep the community safe and secure. That is why we have invested significantly in the PSNI, including £160m of additional security funding to tackle terrorism and £25m to support wider efforts to tackle paramilitary activity. This is demonstrably helping to make a positive difference to people’s lives. PSNI continues to deal with many difficult issues on a daily basis and as an organisation makes a vital contribution to the stability of Northern Ireland. Simon brings significant strategic and operational experience to this role at a crucial time. I look forward to working with him and his senior team.center_img Following the appointment of Simon Byrne as the new Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI),Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said:last_img read more