Saudi bloggger Raif Badawi has been awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament .

Badawi has drawn international support since 2012 when he was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, fined approximately $267,000 and given 10 years in prison for "insulting Islam."

Parliament President Martin Schulz said "I call on the Saudi king to immediately free him. Relations depend on human rights being respected by our partners... they are not only not being respected but are being trodden underfoot," according to  BBC.

In January, Badawi received the first 50 lashes but since then, the punishment has been postponed.

Saudi Arabia's supreme court upheld the ruling in June despite the international outcry. According to reports, Badawi's wife has said the lashings are set to resume soon.

Earlier this month, Badawi also was awarded the Pen Pinter Prize for freedom of speech.

While all this international attention supporting Badawi is great, will the government of Saudi Arabia listen?