Policing Belief: Blasphemy Laws and Their Impact on Human Rights | Freedom House

Policing Belief: Blasphemy Laws and Their Impact on Human Rights

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Church Center
777 United Nations Plaza, 8th Floor
New York NY 10017
2nd floor conference room+

Domestic laws criminalizing blasphemy, which governments claim are necessary to 'maintain social harmony,' have been on the books for decades, and in some states, centuries. At the United Nations Human Rights Council and the General Assembly, annual resolutions are adopted condemning 'defamation of religions' as a violation of international human rights. In recent years, certain states have gone further than non-binding resolutions, making clear their objective of creating and adopting a new binding international law prohibiting 'defamation of religions,' in effect a global blasphemy law to the detriment of human rights, particularly freedom of expression.

Freedom House will host a lunch event to release the findings from its new report, Policing Belief: Blasphemy Laws and Their Impact on Human Rights. This report will explore the use and misuse of blasphemy laws in Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland. The findings illustrate the negative impact blasphemy laws have on a range of human rights and how such legislation is not effective in combating religious intolerance.

Panelists:

Paula Schriefer, Advocacy Director at Freedom House
Jo-Anne Prud'homme, Author of Policing Belief
Sri Endras Iswarini, Member of KAPAL Perempuan Association, Indonesia

 

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