Countries adhering more closely to international law principles have blasphemy laws that neither discriminate among different belief groups nor protect a state religion through punitive measures. Conversely, laws that discriminate among different belief groups are the most human rights non-compliant, and thus, are at higher risk for abuse."

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, 2017

L’attentat contre Charlie Hebdo est autant un incident de ‘lutte anti-blasphème’ qu’un prélude au 13 novembre. Les justificatifs militaires et culturels sont les deux faces d’une même médaille".

Revue ProChoix, mars 2016

The anarchic aspect of the Internet is essential to its spirit. Critique of religion should be able to flow on the web without discrimination, as long as it respects international legal thresholds.”


“Online speech has created new opportunities for persecution by repressive regimes. The Internet has created the illusion of freedom for citizens in non-democratic states, where users feel empowered to openly voice opinions, without anticipating the consequences that they know would unfold offline.”


“Free speech will either be upheld or weakened by corporate behavior as governments attempt to impose greater state control or request to block blasphemous content from the Internet. Privacy will either be protected or further eroded with every abusive demand for user information that could lead to arbitrary arrest, imprisonment, or corporal punishment. At this moment, the boundaries of the Internet are being tested. With no rules in place, the groundwork for future policies and norms is being established on a case-by-case basis. Governments continue to test their limits through their requests, and companies continue to make inconsistent decisions. But each time a company chooses to comply with a foreign blasphemy law, a precedent is set."

Brookings, the Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, 2016

Lorsque la dispute israélo-arabe glisse avec négligence en un conflit judéo-musulman, la notion de citoyenneté dans notre cité est menacée. Quand la violence importée se met en marche sur sol belge, c’est l’ordre public dans son ensemble qui est perturbé, et pas seulement les relations intercommunautaires…Racialiser un conflit politique, en créer une guerre des religions ou engendrer une intifada sur la Grand Place de Bruxelles, c’est céder à l’extrémisme".

Islam de Belgique

Editions Luc Pire, 2007

La conférence Durban II reste fade. Elle n’a pas éclaté en mille morceaux, mais elle n’a pas bâti une solide fondation pour lutter contre le racisme non plus. Zéro-zéro. Autrement dit, ex-aequo, tant pour les pessimistes que pour les optimistes".

La conférence de l'ONU: Durban II

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