On April 10th, via Rock N Rights, members of Your Favorite Enemies & crew have joined members of Amnesty International to demonstrate their desire to free Raif. Flogging has been avoided today again, but Raif still isn’t free. We urge you all to keep spreading the word around you, and to do anything possible, like signing petitions and sending letters to the official authorities requesting Raif’s release.
Last Friday, via their organism “Rock N Rights”, the members of Your Favorite Enemies went to meet with Ensaf Haidar and other members of Amnesty International. Here is a short thank you message from her to you regarding the letters that you have sent to her. Please, keep sending your letters, as they are true object of hope and encouragement to her and her family.
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The first cause that really touched Alex and Jeff, and the reason why they have started acting as spokespeople for Amnesty International was freedom of speech. And since 2005, this is something that has always been very close to them. Today, what we ask of you is that you sign this petition, too! It takes a few seconds, costs you nothing, and while you may think it won’t change anything, it may mean the world for that person!
Raif Badawi is a Saudi Arabian writer and activist, whose family is established in Sherbrooke, Quebec, not far from where the YFE HQ is located. He was arrested in 2012 on a charge of insulting Islam through electronic channels and brought to court on several charges including apostasy. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes in 2013, then resentenced to 1000 lashes and ten years in prison plus a fine in 2014. The lashes are being carried out over 20 weeks. The first 50 were administered on January 9, 2015.
The sentence is right now being reviewed by Supreme Court, and Badawi has not been administered any lashes on January 16, 2015, for medical reasons, as the wounds from the previous weeks had not yet healed.
Let’s sign the petition now, and hope that this is not going to be only a postponement, but a cancellation of the sentence in its whole.
“Silence Is Murder” is a personal reflection on modern individualism and collective dissociation towards human condition…
In an era of communication, never have we noticed such self-assumed indifference and self-indulgent speechlessness. We believe that if it’s true that apathy kills… our silence is murder!!! Expose yourself and be the difference!!!
– Alex Foster
On March 11th, 2011, the Northeast coast of Japan had been hit by one of the most destructive earthquakes and tsunamis ever registered in the country’s modern history, leaving the whole population in fears and despairs. Assured that in the midst of desperation, the quietest whisper of hope can be enough of a sound to make life bloom out of despair, Your Favorite Enemies created the Hope Project. It consists of writing messages of hope to the victims in Japan, in order to seed hope amongst the people touched by the tragedy, to bring awareness on how significant a simple word or a supportive message can be for anyone going through moments of despair and to encourage people to turn compassion into action. The messages will contribute to bring a hopeful light in the mist of such dark time.
Your Favorite Enemies visited a shelter in Minami-Sanriku on May 25th, to give volunteers all the cards that had been signed and translated for the Hope Project so far. Thousands of cards were distributed on that day, and the Project is still going on.
CLICK HERE if you want to participate and write your message! Express yourself!
It’s Human Rights Day. And I guess that this year, Human Rights have had a hard blow, and the instances are sadly numerous. We can however all make a change, as there are no act too small to make a difference. What do you think is needed in this day and age to make a change around you?
Actively supporting Amnesty International for more than a decade, the members of the rock band Your Favorite Enemies have crafted an empowering and mobilizing video for The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day, held on December 10th. Produced in English, French and Japanese, the video’s strong and engaging message is already spreading over the world: “Your voice really makes a difference, expose yourself!”