Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger to Address U.N. Rights Council With Saudi Ambassador Present

GENEVA, Sept. 19, 2017 — The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi—the world’s most famous political prisoner—will address the United Nations for the first time in a Human Rights Council speech on Tuesday that will take place in the presence of Ambassador Abdulaziz Al-Wasil, the representative of Saudi Arabia, whose government controversially sits on the 47-nation body.

Ensaf Haidar will speak at the invitation of the Geneva-based non-governmental human rights group UN Watch, which holds consultative status at the United Nations.

Raif Badawi is currently four years into a 10-year prison sentence, convicted for “insulting Islam” after he published a blog calling for a free society in Saudi Arabia.

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