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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:55
Soon after the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) announced that it had abandoned its plans to persuade the UN to impose a global blasphemy law, the Arab League has stepped in to take up the cry.
Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:22
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.
Secularist students kicked out of Freshers’ Fayre for offending Muslims with pineapple labelled Mohammed
Posted: Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:17
Students from the University of Reading Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society (RAHS) were forced to leave the Freshers' Fayre this week after they labelled a pineapple "Mohammed" and put it on their stall.
Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:56
A man in Greece has been charged with blasphemy after he made fun of a revered monk on his Facebook page. It is thought the arrest was brought due to agitation from the right-wing Golden Dawn political party.
Posted: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:36
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).
Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 06:26
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) is calling for Tom Holland's Channel 4 documentary Islam: The Untold Story to have a repeat showing, after the broadcaster cancelled it following threats and menaces from Islamists.
Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:40
The Advertising Standards Authority is once again acting as blasphemy-finder-in-chief as it bans yet another advertisement that it has decided is "likely to cause serious offence" – this time to Sikhs.
Posted: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:11
The European Humanist Federation, to which the National Secular Society is affiliated, has protested to the Greek Justice Minister about the arrest of three actors on charges of blasphemy.
Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:36
A man in Boston, Lincolnshire has been warned by the police that if he puts up a small poster in his window that says "religions are fairy stories for adults" he could face arrest. Meanwhile, in Poland a popular singer known as Doda has lost an appeal over "offending the religious feelings".
Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012 15:05
The National Secular Society has accused the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of being inconsistent in dealing with complaints about ads using religious imagery after the watchdog cleared an advertisement that appeared to mock Jesus' second coming but had previously banned adverts for ice cream featuring a pregnant nun and apparently gay priests.