Open letter to his Majesty, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia

We, members of the Danish Parliament, have written this letter to voice our deepest concerns about the conviction of two Saudi nationals; Raif Badawi and Waleed Abu al-Khair.

We believe that Raif Badawi and Waleed Abu al-Khair have been wrongfully imprisoned while merely using their inalienable right to freedom of expression and that the charges against them should be dropped.

Raif Badawi was in May 2014 sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1.000 lashes, a 10 year travel ban, a fine and a ban on appearing on media outlets. We believe that Raif Badawi should be released immediately, that all charges against him should be dropped and that the authorities should refrain from carrying out the remaining flogging punishment.

Waleed Abu al-Khair, a prominent lawyer, was in July 2014 sentenced to 15 years in jail, followed by a 15-year travel ban and a fine. He is the first human rights defender sentenced as a “terrorist” under the new counter-terror law. We believe that Waleed Abu al-Khair should be released immediately and unconditionally and that all charges against him should be dropped.

We are determined to keep our focus on this important matter and hope that Saudi Arabia will live up to your responsibility under international human rights law.


Carolina Maier

Christian Juhl

Christian Poll

Eva Flyvholm

Finn Sørensen

Henning Hyllested

Jacob Mark

Jakob Sølvhøj

Jesper Kiel

Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen

Josephine Fock

Martin Lidegaard

Mette Bock

Michael Aastrup Jensen

Nikolaj Amstrup

Nikolaj Villumsen

Pelle Dragsted

Pernille Skipper

Rasmus Nordqvist

Rasmus Vestergaard Madsen

René Gade

Stine Brix

Søren Søndergaard

Torsten Gejl

Uffe Elbæk

Ulla M Sandbæk