Saudi Arabia Arrests Samar Badawi, Human Rights Advocate

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia arrested a prominent human rights activist on Tuesday in what advocacy groups called the kingdom’s latest effort to clamp down on dissent.

The activist, Samar Badawi, until recently had led the campaign to free her former husband, Waleed Abu al-Khair, a Saudi lawyer currently serving a 15-year sentence in connection with his own activism.

She is also the sister of Raef Badawi, a Saudi blogger who was sentenced to a large fine, 10 years in prison and 1,000 blows with a cane for running a website that criticized the country’s religious establishment. He received 50 blows in a public square last year, prompting international outrage. The caning stopped, but Mr. Badawi remains in prison.

Amnesty International, one of the organizations that reported Ms. Badawi’s arrest, called it “the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s utter contempt for its human rights obligations.”

full article at New York Times