Raif Badawi was supposed to get a second part of getting a 1000 lashes (50 a week for 20 weeks) last Friday, but it was delayed for medical reasons. In addition to his 1000 public lashes, of which he has already received the first 50, he is to serve 10 years for basically expressing his opinions and wanting a little more of what most of us consider basic human rights.
Basically his primary crime was to voice an opinion about having more freedoms in Saudi Arabi. His opinion suggested that both the regime and the Islamic religion were to rigid and need to be more open-minded. He was first charged with a high crime against Islam and that would have carried a death penalty, but the courts dismissed that initial complaint.
The surprising thing, the lack of action from any European country or the US, or really even the UN in regards to this action. All of the above do not approve of such kind of brutal punishments but because of the lucrative trade of oil and the seemingly stable relationship, no one will say anything but a muted we disapprove.
Glad that I live in America where I am relatively at ease to say what I want when I want to say it without fear of such harsh tactics to silence any dissent.