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International groups highlight global persecution of non-religious and religious minorities

International groups highlight global persecution of non-religious and religious minorities

Posted: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:39

Secular human rights organisations have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to promote "genuine respect for freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression".

Imam joins secularists and Christians in defending Pastor James McConnell’s free speech

Imam joins secularists and Christians in defending Pastor James McConnell’s free speech

Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:37

An Islamic scholar has said he is willing to go to prison to defend the free speech of Northern Ireland Pastor James McConnell, who is being prosecuted for comments he made on Islam.

Human rights group warns against global blasphemy law

Human rights group warns against global blasphemy law

Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:13

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has warned the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) against pushing once more for a global blasphemy law.

MP warns of “religions intimidation” of Muslim voters

MP warns of “religions intimidation” of Muslim voters

Posted: Sat, 16 May 2015 07:59

The Labour MP for Slough has hit out against voter intimidation, after some Muslim voters were told that they were not 'true Muslims' unless they voted against her.

NSS joins calls for Government to recognise global discrimination against atheists- as third Bangladeshi blogger is hacked to death

NSS joins calls for Government to recognise global discrimination against atheists- as third Bangladeshi blogger is hacked to death

Posted: Tue, 12 May 2015 13:44

The National Secular Society is calling on the Government to do more to tackle global discrimination against non-believers, secularists and humanists- after a third Bangladeshi secular blogger was murdered.

Bath Student Union says decision to cut Jesus and Mohammed sketch was “in line with normal practice”

Bath Student Union says decision to cut Jesus and Mohammed sketch was “in line with normal practice”

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2015 13:03

Bath Student Union has defended their decision to cut 'blasphemous' material from a student group's comedy show, saying that it is "normal practice" for Student Union officers to edit scripts.

Queen’s University Belfast cancels Charlie Hebdo event for ‘security’ reasons

Queen’s University Belfast cancels Charlie Hebdo event for ‘security’ reasons

Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:45

Queen's University Belfast has cancelled an event on the fallout from the attack on Charlie Hebdo, citing fears over the university's "reputation" and "security" if the talk went ahead.

Putin continues promotion of “traditional values” and crackdown on blasphemy

Putin continues promotion of “traditional values” and crackdown on blasphemy

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:33

The head of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre has been fired by the Russian Culture Minister over a 'blasphemous' opera, prompting further fears about free speech and religious freedom in Russia.

Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:21

Jordan has introduced an emergency item to the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, calling for a ban on insulting religion or religious symbols.

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 15:57

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

French religious leaders asked to sign free speech declaration

French religious leaders asked to sign free speech declaration

Posted: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:34

Reporters Without Borders is asking French religious leaders to sign a statement declaring that "everyone is free to express criticism… of any system of political, philosophical or religious thought."

Malta to reform blasphemy law

Malta to reform blasphemy law

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:27

The Republic of Malta is to reform its long-standing blasphemy law, according to a report in the Sunday Times of Malta.

BBC restrictions on depicting Mohammed must be abolished, says NSS

BBC restrictions on depicting Mohammed must be abolished, says NSS

Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:38

The National Secular Society is calling on the Government to compel the BBC to remove a restriction on any depiction of the prophet Mohammed.

EU parliament calls on Pakistan to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy

EU parliament calls on Pakistan to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy

Posted: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:29

The European parliament has voted for a resolution condemning Pakistan's blasphemy laws, saying that they were increasingly being used to "target vulnerable minority groups."

“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.