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IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

Posted: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:26

The International Humanist and Ethical Union's second annual report on the state of human rights for non-believers, atheists and agnostics around the world has found a global "trend towards targeting 'atheists'."

Obstructionist tactics to block human rights groups from advising UN condemned by UN Special Rapporteur

Obstructionist tactics to block human rights groups from advising UN condemned by UN Special Rapporteur

Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:12

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association, has criticised repeated efforts to block human rights NGOs from being able to advise the United Nations.

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Posted: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:09

Non-religious and Christian parents who have been allocated places for their children at a Sikh free school have argued that their right to educate their children according to their beliefs is being infringed.

Attempts to protect women’s rights in Afghanistan have been blocked by clerics in the parliament

Attempts to protect women’s rights in Afghanistan have been blocked by clerics in the parliament

Posted: Tue, 21 May 2013 15:24

Khalil Ahmad Shaheedzada, a conservative lawmaker for the Herat province, said parliament withdrew the legislation because of opposition from religious parties that considered the law un-Islamic.

Religious opt-outs make Australia’s anti-discrimination law a “bigot’s charter”

Religious opt-outs make Australia’s anti-discrimination law a “bigot’s charter”

Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:45

In a move that has enraged human rights advocates, the Australian government has given religious groups wide-scale opt-outs in proposed new anti-discrimination laws.

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:03

Secular groups around Europe are preparing to oppose the nomination of the Maltese Foreign Affairs Minister Tonio Borg to replace the recently resigned European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.

UK Government accused of not upholding freedom of belief

UK Government accused of not upholding freedom of belief

Posted: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:28

The European Court of Human Rights hearing on 4 September 2012 has heard accusations from applicants that the UK Government is not upholding freedom of belief.

International controversy rages over German ban on circumcision

International controversy rages over German ban on circumcision

Posted: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:18

The court decision in Germany that held that circumcision, carried out for religious — as opposed to medical — reasons, is potentially harmful has been fiercely opposed by religious interests, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Peter Tatchell named Secularist of the Year 2012

Peter Tatchell named Secularist of the Year 2012

Posted: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 14:15

Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been named Secularist of the Year. The award was presented by the National Secular Society at a formal lunch on Saturday in central London.