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Doctors should refuse to assess Saudi blogger’s fitness for flogging, human rights group says

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h492 (Published 27 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h492
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Doctors are playing a key part in the punishment by flogging of a blogger who has angered authorities in Saudi Arabia, and they should refuse to be involved, says the US based group Physicians for Human Rights.

The blogger Raif Badawi, whose Liberal Saudi Network promoted online debate about religion and politics, was convicted last year to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for “insulting Islam.” He was to be caned in sessions of 50 lashes each, with at least a week between each sessions. He was flogged, in public, on 9 January, …

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