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April 11, 2017

During the March 2017 U.N. Human Rights Council, the International Humanist and Ethical Union and the Center for Inquiry organised an event on allegations of blasphemy in the digital age. The spread of social media has allowed individuals around the world to connect wi...

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).

December 20, 2011

Myth vs. Reality on U.S. Engagement with Islamic States Yesterday, in an historic vote, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on combating religious intolerance. The novelty of this text is that it does not include the harmful concept of “defamation...

March 25, 2011

IN THE last few years, it had become a recurring, and thoroughly depressing, event in the diplomatic calendar. In the United Nations General Assembly and the Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC), Muslim countries have lined up to push through resolutions denouncing...

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