Dan Arshack, '83, Accepts Award for Waleed Abu Al-Khair in Geneva
Monday, December 07, 2015
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
New York City attorney Dan Arshack, '83, was in Geneva last month to accept the Ludovic-Trarieux Human Rights Award on behalf of his jailed Saudi client, Waleed Abu Al-Khair. The Award, first given to Nelson Mandela, is for those "who defend the supremacy of law."
According to Dan, "The Saudi government arrested Waleed as he stood in court and convicted him for being a fearless advocate for his clients, many of whom were accused of the same behavior that ultimately resulted in his imprisonment."
"Waleed has earned his place in prison by defending the courageous positions of human rights activists throughout Saudi Arabia including his wife's brother, the blogger Raif Badawi, who, in January of this year, was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and ten years in prison... a brutal sentence which justifiably continues to draw scathing criticism from around the world."
Read Dan's full story at the Huffington Post.