Saudi jailed blogger awarded Sakharov human rights prize

05:57 PM | 29 Oct, 2015
Saudi jailed blogger awarded Sakharov human rights prize
PARIS (Web Desk) - Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger who has been sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes, has won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights.

He was arrested for insulting top clerics in Saudi Arabia last year.

(FILES) - A file handout picture taken in 2012 in Jeddah and made available by the family on January 16, 2015 shows Saudi blogger Raef Badawi who was sentenced in May 2014 to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine for

According to a statement from European Union Badawi was nominated for the prize, along with three others, the Venezuelan opposition movement Mesa de la Unidad Democratica, and assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

The EU statement said that Raif Badawi was voted by majority members for being a symbol of the fight for freedom of speech.


Meanwhile Badawi's wife Ensaf Haidar, who was granted asylum in Canada, has confirmed that he will be receiving second 50 lashes of 1,000 lashes sentence soon. She also urged newly elected Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau to help her husband released from Saudi Arabia. Trudeau had previously expressed support for Badawi during his election campaign.

The EU's freedom of thought award has been named after the Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov. It was started in 1988 to honour people and organizsations defending human rights worldwide.

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 22, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.25 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.40 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65


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