Kacem El Ghazzali, an atheist blogger from Morocco who now lives in exile in Switzerland because of that country’s authoritarian blasphemy laws, addressed the UN Human Rights Council and strongly criticized the use of blasphemy laws, including by several of the nations that sit on that council. The International Humanist and Ethical Union has the …
Category Archive: Human Rights
Mar 21 2014
Mar 12 2014
Former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice joins the long list of current and former officials showing breathtaking but predictably hypocritical positions on Russia’s invasion of Crimea and other activities in the Ukraine.
Mar 09 2014
A few of the members of Pussy Riot may be out of prison, but they clearly aren’t out of danger. They’ve been arrested, struck with whips and now had acid thrown on them and been beaten by a mob of thugs at a McDonald’s in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Dec 04 2013
David Campbell, a political science professor at Notre Dame and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, writes in Time magazine about a study he did with another scholar that shows that community, not religion, is what promotes charitable giving.
Nov 15 2013
Erasmus at The Economist writes about the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is little more than a bad joke. The council is made up of 46 nations, many of them with an absolutely appalling record on human rights (including the United States, by the way).
Oct 14 2013
I am so encouraged when I see things like this, a group of Muslims in Pakistan forming a human chain around a Christian church to protect it from attack and protest against the horrific suicide bombing of a nearby church a few weeks ago that killed 78 and injured more than 100.
Sep 24 2013
Eric Posner has an article at Slate about the International Criminal Court, pointing out that it has been almost entirely useless in prosecuting war crimes and human rights violation. But like the United Nations, the major powers — us especially — made sure that it was ineffective.
Sep 10 2013
Foundation Beyond Belief, with whom I work, is mounting a Humanist Crisis Response to raise funds to help the International Rescue Committee provide basic care for the millions of Syrians who have become refugees in the current civil war. Regardless of the political divisions in this country, there is a humanitarian crisis going on that …
Aug 20 2013
A Russian track star defended her country’s repressive laws on pro-equality expression during a press conference and she used an argument that I find extraordinarily annoying. She said, in essence, that we have to “respect” (whatever the hell that means in this context) Russian culture.
May 18 2013
You should read this. It’s a moving and disturbing story about Kamran Rizvi, who has gone from a political prisoner of the dictator General Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan to a human rights adviser to Benazir Bhutto to an impoverished immigrant working at a gas station in America. It includes this story:
May 14 2013
After his trial was temporarily suspended, former Guatemalan dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt has been convicted of genocide and sentenced to 80 years in prison. But don’t be surprised if this does not last and the current president, who served in the military under Montt, finds some way to void the result.
Apr 24 2013
Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt is one of the many brutal Central American dictators the United States helped put in power in the 70s and 80s. He seized control of Guatemala in 1982 in a military coup and then went on a killing spree and instituted extremely repressive policies, especially toward the indigenous population. He was …
Jan 07 2013
Update: Alternet has retracted this story, as it turned out to be a hoax. Alternet reports that an influential Saudi imam who is closely tied to jihadist groups worldwide has issued an edict endorsing temporary “intercourse marriages” to allow opposition fighters in Syria to each have their turn having sex with any Syrian woman over …