People have rights … ideas do not.

It was International Blasphemy Rights Day (30th Sept) a few days ago, and so it is perhaps appropriate to remember that the key point is not to offend, but rather to reject the meaningless concept of Blasphemy, a tool deployed by some to both oppress and to also enforce irrational dogma as “truth”. So who gets to decide when … Read more

Saudi Arabia, Human Rights and the UN … some shocking news

You would perhaps expect Saudi Arabia to be facing considerable pressure from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), but apparently not. Let’s first make this abundantly clear … The Mandate and goal of the UNHRC is that it is … a United Nations System inter-governmental body whose 47 member states are responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around … Read more

Human Rights Violations continue in Sudan

Amnesty International reports that the campaign against women and minorities in the Sudan continues unabated. We all perhaps remember the case from about one year ago of Meriam Ibrahim, the young pregnant woman sentenced to die when she refused to renounce her Christian faith, but that was not an isolated case, but rather one of many. On … Read more

True Political Integrity … Sweden’s foreign minister

By its very nature the cut and thrust of politics is to some degree about compromise, but for some things compromise really should not an option. There might indeed be squabbles about how much to borrow and spend, and what to spend it on, so sorting out such conflicting interests is where compromise is perhaps wholly appropriate, but … Read more

Raif Badawi update – #FreeRaif

If you have been following the news then you may already be aware, but rather sadly Saudi Arabia has upheld Raif Badawi‘s 10 year sentence and 1,000 lashes for the ‘crime’ of enabling social debate online. The BBC reports … Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment … Read more

Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison within Iran for Facebook Posts

Iran Human Rights Org reports that .. A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani to a total of 12.5 years in prison for drawings and content critical of the government that the young activist posted on her Facebook page. …  the authorities particularly fear social media networks, which … Read more