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“Learning Jihad”: new report on campus extremism has launch event cancelled by the University of West London

“Learning Jihad”: new report on campus extremism has launch event cancelled by the University of West London

Posted: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:30

A new report from Sharia Watch UK has revealed the reach of Islamist speakers and the dangers of censorship on university campuses. The report's launch event has been cancelled by the University of West London.

Northern Ireland council lifts ban on “blasphemous” Bible play

Northern Ireland council lifts ban on “blasphemous” Bible play

Posted: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 07:24

Newtownabbey Borough Council in Northern Ireland has overturned its ban on a play that spoofs the Bible.

Release British doctor accused of blasphemy, urges UK human rights group

Release British doctor accused of blasphemy, urges UK human rights group

Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:26

A UK-based human rights organisation is calling on the authorities in Pakistan to release a 72-year-old doctor who was arrested for 'posing as a Muslim' after being secretly filmed by a patient at his surgery.

Non-religious suffer discrimination or persecution in most countries of the world, new report finds

Non-religious suffer discrimination or persecution in most countries of the world, new report finds

Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:51

A report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), has found that the non-religious are discriminated against, or outright persecuted, in most countries of the world. In 12 countries, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution.

Netherlands scraps blasphemy law – but seeks a way to replace it

Netherlands scraps blasphemy law – but seeks a way to replace it

Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:00

The upper House of the Dutch parliament has voted to abolish the country's blasphemy law which has been on the statute books since 1932.

Dutch lawmakers may backtrack on plans to scrap blasphemy law

Dutch lawmakers may backtrack on plans to scrap blasphemy law

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:16

Dutch lawmakers appear to be having second thoughts about scrapping the nation's blasphemy laws.

Kuwait: 5 years for tweet “insulting” Prophet

Kuwait: 5 years for tweet “insulting” Prophet

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:20

(Sanaa) – A Kuwaiti court on November 18, 2013, sentenced a Kuwaiti man to five years in prison for a Twitter comment about Sunni/Shia theology.

Danish blasphemy law questioned by church minister

Danish blasphemy law questioned by church minister

Posted: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:05

A Danish church minister has argued for the abolition of the country's blasphemy law saying it undermines democracy by limiting free speech, abuses human rights and no longer serves any purpose.

Ireland considers replacing blasphemy law with “religious hatred” legislation

Ireland considers replacing blasphemy law with “religious hatred” legislation

Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:35

The Convention set up by the Irish Government to bring the country's constitution up-to-date has recommended that the offence of blasphemy should be removed from the constitution in its current form.

Saudi Arabia: 600 lashes and 7 years for activist guilty of 'insulting Islam'

Saudi Arabia: 600 lashes and 7 years for activist guilty of 'insulting Islam'

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:11

A Jeddah court on July 29, 2013, convicted a liberal activist of violating Saudi Arabia's anti-cybercrime law and sentenced him to 600 lashes and seven years in prison.

Human Rights First report says blasphemy law threatens Tunisia’s fledgling democracy

Human Rights First report says blasphemy law threatens Tunisia’s fledgling democracy

Posted: Thu, 09 May 2013 10:26

The American organisation Human Rights First has issued a new report that details steps the United States and Tunisian governments should take to protect freedom of expression to support Tunisia's peaceful transition to democracy.

Ninety-nine people convicted of blasphemy in Malta last year

Ninety-nine people convicted of blasphemy in Malta last year

Posted: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:58

99 individuals were convicted in Malta last year for "public blasphemy". This was down from 119 the year before. It is a criminal offense to utter publicly any obscene or indecent words, make obscene acts or gestures or in any other way offend public morality, propriety or decency.

IHEU calls for action on Bangladesh

IHEU calls for action on Bangladesh

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:49

Following the recent Islamist demands to introduce the death penalty for insulting religion in Bangladesh, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has made a call to action for all its member organisations.

Pakistani secularists condemn attacks on Christian community

Pakistani secularists condemn attacks on Christian community

Posted: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:24

Secularists in Pakistan have strongly condemned attacks on Christians in the country after mobs ransacked a Christian neighbourhood and torched dozens of homes over a blasphemy row in the city of Lahore.

OIC coming back with another attempt to stamp out free speech

OIC coming back with another attempt to stamp out free speech

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:31

Getting the go-ahead from the Cairo Islamic Summit, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been actively trying to get the "denigration of religions" recognized as a criminal offence, according to a top official.

EU Commissioner says blasphemy laws are undesirable in the EU, but it’s up to individual states to decide whether they implement them

EU Commissioner says blasphemy laws are undesirable in the EU, but it’s up to individual states to decide whether they implement them

Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:37

The EU Commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, Vivianne Reding, has said that blasphemy laws and other such restrictions are not acceptable and pose a threat to free speech.

Kuwait introduces death penalty for ‘cursing God and prophets’

Kuwait introduces death penalty for ‘cursing God and prophets’

Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:51

Kuwaiti MPs this week approved a law with a death penalty for Muslims who curse God, the Koran, all prophets and the wives of Islam's Prophet Mohammed. Non-Muslims who commit the same offence face a jail term of not less than 10 years, according to the bill.

New report shows widespread discrimination against people without religious belief

New report shows widespread discrimination against people without religious belief

Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:39

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has produced the first report focusing on how countries around the world discriminate against non-religious people.

New study of blasphemy law around the world

New study of blasphemy law around the world

Posted: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:36

According to a Pew Forum study released last week, 8 out of 45 European countries have blasphemy laws on their books while 35 of them have laws against the defamation of religion in general or hate speech against members of a faith.

Netherlands to scrap blasphemy law

Netherlands to scrap blasphemy law

Posted: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:21

The Dutch parliament has accepted a motion that will abolish the law that makes it an offence to insult God. Supporters of the motion say that they are confident that they have enough support for it to pass easily.

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