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Humanists International Observes World Refugee Day

20 June 2020 | 13531, Planá nad Lužnicí, Czechia

Scotland abolishes its “blasphemy” law

24 April 2020 | United Kingdom

Sudan plans to scrap death penalty for apostasy

20 March 2020 | Addabah, Sudan

Blasphemy laws abolished in Ireland

21 January 2020 | Ireland

Humanists call on Norway to make constitution more inclusive

3 October 2019 | Fv120, 3580 Geilo, Norway

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Advocacy Statement / 2014 / Saudi / UN Human Rights Council / Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights /

Freedom of expression for human rights defenders and journalists

ORAL STATEMENT United Nations Human Rights Council, 26th Session (10th – 27th June 2014) Interactive dialogue with the SR on…
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Advocacy Statement / 2018 / Pakistan / UN Human Rights Council / Item 6: Universal Periodic Review /

Blasphemy laws in Pakistan

  ORAL STATEMENT International Humanist and Ethical Union UN Human Rights Council, 37th Session (27th February – 23rd March 2018)…
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Advocacy Statement / 2014 / Mauritania / UN Human Rights Council / Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights /

Imprisoned for blasphemy and apostasy: two cases

ORAL STATEMENT United Nations Human Rights Council, 25th Session (3rd – 28th March 2014) Agenda Item 4: General Debate Kacem…
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Advocacy Statement / 2016 / Saudi / UN Human Rights Council / Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention /

Ashraf Fayadh: the Palestinian poet imprisoned in Saudi Arabia

 ORAL STATEMEN International Humanist and Ethical Union UN Human Rights Council, 32nd Session (13th June – 1st July 2016) General Debate on…
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Advocacy Statement / 2017 / Malaysia / UN Human Rights Council / Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention /

State persecution of the non-religious in Malaysia

ORAL STATEMENT International Humanist and Ethical Union UN Human Rights Council, 36th Session (11 September – 29 September 2017) General…
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Advocacy Statement / 2017 / Mauritania / UN Human Rights Council / Item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action /

Arbitrary arrest and anti-blasphemy laws

ORAL STATEMENT International Humanist and Ethical Union UN Human Rights Council, 36th Session (11 September – 29 September 2017) General…
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Advocacy Statement / 2017 / Bangladesh / UN Human Rights Council / Item 9: Follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action /

Protecting the right to criticise religion in Muslim countries

ORAL STATEMENT International Humanist and Ethical Union UN Human Rights Council, 35th Session (6th June – 23rd June 2017) General…
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Advocacy Statement / 2019 / UN Human Rights Council / Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights /

Blasphemy and apostasy laws violate freedom of religion or belief

40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief…
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Advocacy Statement / 2017 / India / UN Human Rights Council / Item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action /

Hypocrisy in the context of freedom of expression

ORAL STATEMENT International Humanist and Ethical Union United Nations Human Rights Council, 28th Session Agenda Item 8: General Debate Speaker:…
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