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Virtual vigil for writers and activists at risk in Saudi Arabia

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Virtual vigil for writers and activists at risk in Saudi Arabia

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29 mai 2020, 00:00 – 23:30
Virtual Vigil

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Join  English PEN, ALQST and Reporters Without Borders on 29 May for our  monthly vigil in solidarity with writers, journalists and activists at  risk and imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. For more than five years. we  have been holding vigils at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London in  solidarity with colleagues at risk and in prison. In light of the  current situation, this month’s vigil will be held online instead.  Throughout the day on 29 May, we will be holding a virtual vigil on  social media: please join us to show your support for our imprisoned  colleagues and amplify the calls for their releases with the hashtags #virtualvigil and #StandWithSaudiHeroes. This  month marks two years since the beginning of the wave of arrests that  saw many key women's human rights defenders detained for their peaceful  activism, including Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain al-Hathloul and Eman  al-Nafjan, joint winners of the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award in  2019. Both Nouf and Loujain remain in prison alongside three other  activists, including Samar Badawi whose brother, blogger Raif Badawi,  continues to serve a lengthy prison sentence. Eman and seven other  activists have been temporarily released but remain on trial. To mark  the anniversary of the arrests, our colleagues ALQST and Amnesty are  launching a campaign on 15 May - please show your support for these  brave human rights defenders. https://alqst.org/en/post/two-years-since-wave-of-arrests-of-WHRDs If  you are based in the United Kingdom, we would also encourage you to  write to your local MP asking them to support this Early Day Motion if  they have not already done so: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/56964/prisoners-of-conscience-in-the-middle-east. (Image: Loujain Al-Hathloul - credit Emna Mizouni Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license)