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Category Archive: Human Rights

Jan 06 2013

UN Calls for End to Female Genital Mutilation

The Center for Inquiry’s blog reports that the United Nations has, for the first time, adopted a resolution calling on all nations to end the disgusting practice of female genital mutilation. The committee report on the advancement of women can be read in its entirety here. Among other things, it says:

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Jun 18 2012

Another Man Jailed for Blasphemy

This time in Indonesia, where an atheist has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for offending the delicate sensibilities of the predominately Muslim population. The International Herald Tribune reports:

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Jun 06 2012

Non-Believers’ Rights are Human Rights

Leo Igwe, the invaluable Nigerian skeptic and member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, has an article about the need for stronger protection for the rights of religious skeptics and atheists around the world. He argues that such rights should be explicitly spelled out in national and international law:

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May 16 2012

USCIRF Criticizes Kuwait’s New Blasphemy Bill

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a statement strongly criticizing a bill passed by the Kuwaiti Parliament that would make blasphemy punishable by imprisonment and sometimes death. The Kuwaiti Emir has not yet approved the policy and the USCIRF is urging him not to do so:

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May 16 2012

Bush Officials Found Guilty of War Crimes. In Malaysia.

George Bush, Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials probably won’t be traveling to Malaysia any time soon. They have been found guilty of war crimes by a tribunal in that country, a ruling that can’t be enforced anywhere else but adds to the record of international condemnation for the crimes those men committed.

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May 08 2012

More Blasphemy Law Barbarism

Nations where Islam is dominant continue to punish “blasphemy” — i.e. saying anything that might offend the delicate sensibilities of fundamentalist Muslims — in the harshest ways imaginable. Kuwait’s parliament just passed a new law that allows the death penalty for blasphemy. And even those who voted against it did so, in part, because it …

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May 01 2012

Pat Robertson’s Dictator Pals

Charles Johnson, the former dictator of Liberia, was found guilty by an international tribunal in The Hague of crimes against humanity, including aiding in child sex trafficking, rape, murder and the use of child soldiers. Americans United points out that Johnson was a business partner of Pat Robertson’s:

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Mar 21 2012

ACLU’s Presidential Report Card

The ACLU has put out their presidential report card for all of the major candidates on civil liberties, even including Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer. The two front runners for the Republican nomination, Romney and Santorum, get straight zeroes across the board. Gingrich gets almost all zeroes, rating two our of four on immigration.

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Mar 04 2012

Human Rights Group Wants Restrictions on Tasers

The death toll from the use of tasers by police officers in the United States has reached 500, prompting Amnesty International to call on the government to put strict regulations to avoid such tragedies in the future.

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Feb 17 2012

The Religious Right, Sonograms and Conscience Clauses

FTBer Steven Andrew of Zingularity emailed about a very interesting little twist in the debate over abortion and mandatory sonograms. As you no doubt know by now, Virginia is trying to pass a bill that would require invasive sonograms — literally, a piece of medical equipment inserted into a woman’s vagina by order of the …

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Feb 14 2012

The Appalling Hamza Kashgari Story

Many of the other FTBers have already written about this, and while I have little to add other than my own outrage, I want to make sure everyone has seen the story. A Saudi man was arrested in Malaysia and sent back to Saudi Arabia to face possible death over “blasphemous” Tweets about Muhammad.

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Feb 13 2012

Obama, Terror Policy and Bipartisan Consensus

A new Washington Post poll finds a significant shift in the views of liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans when it comes to major anti-terror policies. On issues like drone strikes, Guantanamo Bay and the Patriot Act, Democrats are now more likely to support them now that Obama is in office, while Republicans are less likely …

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Jan 05 2012

ACLU Ranks Presidential Candidates

The ACLU has put out a voter guide for all the 2012 presidential candidates, ranking them all on 7 issues: humane immigration policy, closing Gitmo and indefinite detention, gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, ending torture, ending the surveillance state, same-sex marriage, and reproductive rights. Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s executive director, writes:

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Dec 21 2011

Democratic Blindness to Obama’s Faults

I had a brief but absurd exchange with someone on my Facebook friends list on Saturday. His name is Mike Jordan, but I don’t know him; I assumed he was on my friends list because he’s a blog reader. And he quoted George Clooney saying something about how he was disappointed in people who were …

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Dec 12 2011

Hillary Clinton Plays Pretend

Hillary Clinton gave a speech about equal rights for gays and lesbians in Geneva last week and most of it was quite laudable. But there was one section in it that is clearly false and contrary to reality. She said:

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