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NSS warns of ‘de-facto’ blasphemy laws at European Parliament

NSS warns of ‘de-facto’ blasphemy laws at European Parliament

Posted: Thu, 26 Feb 2015

The National Secular Society has raised concerns about the limits imposed on free speech by unofficial blasphemy laws enforced by the threat of violence.

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Posted: Tue, 25 Nov 2014

Patriarch Kirill said Europe has abandoned its "Christian identity" and that the "process of secularization" has reached "apocalyptic dimensions".

EU publishes guidelines on protecting free expression abroad

EU publishes guidelines on protecting free expression abroad

Posted: Tue, 20 May 2014

The Council of the European Union has adopted human rights guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline.

MEPs call for better protection of fundamental rights and secularism in the EU

MEPs call for better protection of fundamental rights and secularism in the EU

Posted: Fri, 28 Feb 2014

The European Parliament has passed a resolution that calls on the EU to better respect and enforce fundamental rights and European values; values which include secularism, freedom of belief, freedom of expression and the right to die with dignity.

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013

An appointee to the French Government's National Observatory on Secularism has sparked controversy by suggesting that two Christian holidays should be replaced on the calendar by the Jewish Yom Kippur and the Muslim festival of Eid.

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2013

The people of the Swiss canton of Ticino, which lies in the South on the Italian border, are to vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether to ban face coverings.