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October 5, 2016

The newly-appointed Panel of Experts of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on Freedom of Religion or Belief met for the first time in Warsaw on 4 and 5 October 2016 to discuss the challenges and opportunities for advancing the right to...

September 25, 2016

The paper discusses incidents where users have been accused of ‘blasphemous’ posts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and persecuted for it. That has occurred in : Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Kuwait, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and the...

November 19, 2015

Why is the right to blaspheme legal in France if incitement to racial or religious hatred is prohibited? For a large segment of public opinion in the Islamic world (and not only Islamists), the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo painfully stab at the heart of Muslim identity. M...

January 28, 2015

In response to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, millions of French took to the streets on January 11th to defend the right to “blaspheme” or insult religion. But a few days later, French authorities cracked down on the comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala for writing on...

January 12, 2015

The terrorist attack against the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo reminds us of overreactions we have seen abroad, where jihadists have been known to kill people, in defense of "anti blasphemy" laws. Clearly, that is far away from the French reality and context...

May 1, 2014

Does the Jewish people have distinct characteristics or are its traits universal? Where does the tension between its Particularism and Universalism lie? Raising the idea of “tension” hints at the need to accommodate a struggle between Jewish ethics and universal values...

May 16, 2013

On Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will visit Washington, D.C., to meet with President Barack Obama. Among a range of security issues, the focus will surely be the civil war raging next door in Syria. But President Obama should make sure to highlight a...

March 30, 2013

Under the framework of further shedding light on the transformations the Arab World is witnessing, while taking into great consideration the international experiences of other nations in democratic transitions, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) org...

October 17, 2012

Washington, DC – Human Rights First today welcomed the statement by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), affirming the 57-member organization will not seek a global ban on blasphemy or defaming religion through the U...

March 23, 2012

Joelle Fiss, at the UN Human Rights Council, on combating religious intolerance while

upholding free speech (March 2012).

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