Posts Tagged 'IHEU'

Is blasphemy coming back?

As Reverend Mother would say ‘when the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window’. Not long after the UK has removed the crime of Blasphemy from its lawbooks, the UN has passed a draft resolution on ‘Defamation of Religion’. The draft resolution was passed on the 24th of November 2008 and calls on member states to amend laws and constitutions to prevent ‘Defamation of Religion’. This would conflict with the rights to freedom of opinion and expression (article 19) and freedom of thought, conscience and religion (article 18) as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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UN Human Rights in trouble

There’s rather troubling news from the International Humanist and Ethical Union about developments at the UN Human Rights Council. It seems that an amendment has been passed which compromises the right to Freedom of Expression and changes the role of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression. Without freedom of speech it is impossible to debate, criticize or expose abuses of any other human rights. The right to discuss or challenge opinions and beliefs is surely close to the heart of many humanists.

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