Tags: United Nations
Posted: Wed, 02 Aug 2017
The UN's Human Rights Committee has told Pakistan to end its blasphemy laws and do more to protect religious minorities.
Posted: Wed, 08 Mar 2017
The United Nations' Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune has recommended that states provide for the separation of religion and state to help counter religious extremism.
Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016
The National Secular Society has urged the UN Human Rights Council to recommend to the UK Government that it abolish religious discrimination in faith schools' admissions procedures.
Posted: Mon, 19 Sep 2016
The National Secular Society has spoken out at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to criticise the UK Government over its failure to tackle caste based discrimination, as the UN has repeatedly urged it do.
Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2016
Irish parents demonstrated over the weekend for reform to the country's school admissions – in an education landscape still dominated by the Catholic Church.
Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2016
The National Secular Society has expressed its concern over guidelines for newly appointed bishops published by the Vatican which state that bishops do not always need to report clerical sex abuse to the authorities.
Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2016
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has criticised Ireland in its periodic review, urging the country to protect the rights of non-religious and non-Christian children and families.
Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2015
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has strongly criticised Mexico over "corroborated reports that hundreds of children have been sexually abused for years by clerics of the Catholic Church and other religious faiths".
Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2015
The National Secular Society has warned that faith schools are becoming increasingly divisive and inimical to the realisation of children's rights in a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Deference to faith is preventing effective challenges to the “horror” of witchcraft accusations and persecution
Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015
The Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) has warned that "considerable reluctance" to intervene in people's faith is preventing an effective response to suffering caused by witchcraft accusations.
Obstructionist tactics to block human rights groups from advising UN condemned by UN Special Rapporteur
Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014
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.
Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014
The UN Committee Against Torture has criticised the Vatican (in its guise as The Holy See) for several failures in its handling of the child abuse scandal.
Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has spoken out at the Human Rights Council (HRC) to defend freedom of thought for all – including the non-religious.
Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2013
Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational and courageous schoolgirl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban in October for campaigning in support of female education, has addressed the United Nations in New York.
Posted: Wed, 13 Mar 2013
International Humanist and Ethical Union representative Roy Brown has again spoken out at the United Nations Human Rights Council to remind Islamic States of their responsibility to uphold the right to freedom of expression.
NSS draws international attention to UN report that berates USA on its lax approach to clerical child abuse
Posted: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
A UN Committee has expressed deep concern to the US Government about its failure to properly deal with sexual abuse committed by clerics and leading members of faith-based organizations.
Posted: Wed, 05 Dec 2012
The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution condemning female genital mutilation, the first time the practice has been denounced at such a high level.
Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2012
In a statement issued by the United Nations, its special rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, has said that it is essential to create an environment conducive to critical discussions of religious and racial issues and to promote understanding and tolerance by deconstructing negative stereotypes.
Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation has revealed that it has abandoned plans to introduce a global blasphemy law through the United Nations.
Posted: Thu, 27 Sep 2012
Concerns have been raised by the National Secular Society that the UK's stance on free speech could be compromised by an agreement signed at the United Nations between this country and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC).