Blasphemy Laws

An Allegation of Blasphemy Spells Death in Pakistan

Kiri Kankhwende | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Kiri Kankhwende

Last week, Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi, a Christian couple who had spent years in modern-day slavery in Punjab province in Pakistan, were brutally beaten and burned to death at the brick kiln where they work after they were accused of blasphemy for desecrating the Holy Qur'an.

Is a Pakistani Death Sentence for 'Blasphemy' Being Encouraged From London?

Joseph Weissman | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Weissman

As things stand, an innocent lady will be hanged in Pakistan without committing a crime, whilst those who openly boast of "chasing her through Hell" and seek her death will not even be investigated in the UK.

Briton Jailed For Blasphemy In Pakistan Reveals Details Of Ordeal

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK

A British man jailed under Pakistan's blasphemy laws has spoken of his experience after he escaped to the UK. Masud Ahmad was imprisoned in Novembe...

Pakistani Christian Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy Against Prophet Muhammad

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK

A Pakistani Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. Sawan Masih was convicted on Thursday of using derogatory remarks against the...

It's Time to Stick Our Necks Out for Maajid Nawaz and Freedom of Speech

Benedict Rogers | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Almost every day, among my friends, on the streets or tubes, or on television, I hear someone take the name of Jesus Christ in vain, turning his name into a swear word. I don't like it. I'd rather they didn't do it. But do I threaten to cut their heads off, or even stage an angry demonstration or organise a petition? Of course not.

On Blasphemy

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alexander Leivesley

I would like to offer my full support to Mr. Nawaz for championing free expression and not cowering away in the face of such horrendous responses or bowing to religious fundamentalists. Nawaz embodies the spirit of liberalism and secular values, and is certainly an asset to the Liberal Democrats.

Out in the Cold: Russia and the Sochi Winter Games

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

By signing so much dissent-strangling legislation, by playing to the most reactionary elements in Russian society, by crushing popular protest and by harassing civil society, Putin is dragging Russia away from its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to respect freedom of opinion and expression.

Pussy Riot Will Soon Be Free... Speech in Russia Will Not

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

Whilst the amnesty granted to the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alekhina - is to be welcomed, we must view it for what it is: a political stunt by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

Edward Snowden, Pussy Riot and Gays in Putin's Russia

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

Russia's recent anti-gay 'propaganda' law has been hitting the headlines around the world, but it's only one of a number of laws that have placed a ch...

Was 2012 The Year It All Went Wrong For Free Speech?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.12.2012 | UK

Was 2012 the year it became too risky to post a risqué joke on Twitter? It was the year of the mob rule on social networking, when trolls attacke...

Muslim Leaders Call For Blasphemy Law In UK And At UN

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

The United Nations will once again debate the merits of a "blasphemy law", framed by the bloody violence in the Middle East and North Africa over the ...

Pakistani Christian Teen Freed After Quran Burning Blasphemy Charges

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK

A Pakistani Christian girl, hounded for burning pages of the Quran, has been freed from a jail near Islamabad, a local official has confirmed. Rims...

Not In My Name: Islam, Pakistan and the Blasphemy Laws

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The imprisonment of this Christian child isn't only about Pakistan or Pakistanis. Those of us who claim to be members of a global Muslim ummah cannot be silent when such flagrant human-rights abuses are committed in the name of Islam and in the world's second-biggest Muslim-majority nation.

The Unsung hero of Pakistan's Struggle for Pluralism

David Griffiths | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK
David Griffiths

May the legacy of an unsung hero live on.