Category : blasphemy

Petition calls on Denmark to repeal blasphemy ban

alt informationAn international group of academics, writers and activists have signed a petition calling on Denmark to repeal its ban against blasphemy.

Russia: Death threats force comedian into exile

alt informationA popular Russia vlogger and comedian is facing condemnation and possible charges for a satirical video.

Jacob Mchangama: Denmark’s revived blasphemy ban

alt informationThe decision by prosecutors in Viborg to charge a man with blasphemy for burning a Koran shocked Danes.

Qadri’s legacy: Islamabad under siege

alt informationOn 27 March, thousands gathered in Islamabad's twin city Rawalpindi to commemorate the Chehlum of Mumtaz Qadri, marking 40 days since his death.

Padraig Reidy: We can’t allow responsibilities to come before rights

alt informationThe fact that people are being murdered for who they are rather than what they did should make us realise that there is no responsibility we can exercise that will mitigate the core problem

Maajid Nawaz: On blasphemy

alt informationGuest post: In an essay for Centre Forum Maajid Nawaz, author of Radical, stresses the importance of strong liberal leadership in the face of extremist minorities

Nadhim Zahawi MP: It’s time for the Islamic world to support free speech – and repeal blasphemy laws

alt informationYou can’t kill an idea by killing people. The sickening attack on Charlie Hebdo has shown that to be true. As France mourns her dead, millions around the world are discovering the work of her bravest satirists. Nous sommes Charlie.

Padraig Reidy: Blasphemy laws protect only power, never people

Religious persecution is real, and should be fought. Freedom of belief is a basic right. But blasphemy laws protect only power, and never people.

Cancellation of play causes furore in Poland

alt informationThe Polish theatre scene has been rocked by controversy since late June after the cancellation of Golgota Picnic, a show by the Argentinian theatre maker Rodrigo Garcìa that had previously aroused protest in France. Jeff James writes

Rashid Rehman: “Courage in the face of threats and harassment”

alt informationEarly last month when human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman, from Multan, in Punjab province, was threatened that he would not be present at the next hearing as he would not be alive, it was no idle threat. Zofeen Ebrahim reports on the latest assassination to rock Pakistan

US report criticises Pakistan’s abuse of blasphemy laws

alt informationThere are 14 individuals known to be on death row while 19 others are serving life sentences on charges of committing blasphemy, according to new report. Zofeen Ebrahim writes