In a statement released mid-January 2015, the US Senator Patrick Leahy urged "the Saudi government to release Mr. Abu al-Khair and Mr. Badawi and dismiss the spurious charges against them".
Abu al-Khair is the Founder of the Monitor of Human Rights group. He recently received a five-year extension to his ten-year prison sentence for insulting the Saudi judicial system and harming the kingdom's reputation.
Raif Bawadi, a blogger, has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes for cyber-crime. Raif is due to be publicly flogged 50 times every week after Friday prayers until he has been lashed 1,000 times. The doctors have already suspended Badawi’s flogging on medical grounds.
“The notion that Raif Badawi must be allowed to heal so that he can suffer this cruel punishment again and again is macabre and outrageous. Flogging should not be carried out under any circumstances.” said Said Boumedouha, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein also described flogging as "at the very least, a form of cruel and inhuman punishment".
Amnesty International has launched a petition that can be signed here.