Raif Badawi

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th November 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Co-National Campaign Coordinator

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have met their counterparts in the (i) EU and (ii) US to discuss the case of Raif Badawi in the last 12 months.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

‚ÄčThe UK Government is extremely concerned about the case of Raif Badawi. The UK Government understands the case is still under consideration in the Saudi Supreme Court, but we do not expect further lashes to be administered. Saudi Arabia remains a Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) human rights priority country and we raise our concerns with the Saudi Arabian authorities using a range of Ministerial and diplomatic channels of communication, including our Ambassador, the Embassy and the European Union delegation in Riyadh. FCO officials in Riyadh meet regularly with their EU and US counterparts to discuss this case and other cases of concern.

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