Koenders condemns flogging of Saudi blogger

Foreign minister Bert Koenders has asked the government of Saudi Arabia not to enforce the sentence imposed on Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. ‘The Netherlands condemns this form of punishment. Corporal punishment goes against all international human rights conventions,’ the minister said. The Netherlands, as part of the European Union, has raised Badawi’s case with the Saudi authorities several times. Today, the Netherlands and its European partners again called for an end to corporal punishment.