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  • NGOs call for release of Mauritanian Blogger still detained a year after court quashed his death sentence - The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has joined 31 NGOs in calling on Mauritania to release anti-slavery blogger, Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkheitir, who remains in detention despite an appeal Court’s decision one year ago tomorrow to commute his death sentence. The group, which includes, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Freedom Now, the Forum des [...]
  • Asia Bibi acquitted of ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan - One of the world’s most infamous convictions for ‘blasphemy’ has been overturned by the Supreme Court in Pakistan. IHEU calls for “urgent reform” as the supreme court highlights colossal failures of justice in the lower courts. Asia Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, was convicted of ‘blasphemy’ in 2010, and sentenced to death by hanging [...]
  • IHEU launches 2018 Freedom of Thought Report - In a world first, a list of the best and worst countries to be an atheist has been published. The report is published by the world’s leading organisation for the non-religious, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). The IHEU also supports humanists at risk of persecution, and has issued a renewed call for funding [...]
  • Victory: Ireland votes to remove ‘blasphemy’ from constitution - In an historic move, the people of Ireland have voted to remove ‘blasphemy’ from their constitution. The people of Ireland voted Friday on whether to remove a clause from their constitution which states: “blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law”. Exit polls suggest an overwhelming victory for [...]
  • IHEU President helps Danish Humanists celebrate 10 years - The President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, Andrew Copson, travelled to Copenhagen to congratulate the Danish Humanist Association on their 10th anniversary.  Andrew Copson was a special guest a celebration dinner organised to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Danish Humanist Association. Since its founding in 2008, the Danish Humanist Association has [...]
  • IHEU ‘frustrated’, as European Court fails to overturn ‘blasphemy’ conviction in Austria - In a recent judgement, the European Court of Human Rights has refused to overturn a conviction for ‘disparaging religious doctrines’ about Islam, effectively amounting to a ‘blasphemy’ charge. The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has expressed ‘frustration’ at another judgement from the European Court of Human Rights on the issue of ‘blasphemy’ and free [...]
  • Gulalai Ismail granted further bail - Peace campaigner and human rights defender Gulalai Ismail has been granted further bail today ahead of a hearing on 30 October. On 30 October the High Court in Islamabad will hear arguments about why Gulalai’s name should be removed from the ‘exit control list’ (banning her from travelling) and have her passport returned. [Over 2,000 [...]
  • PETITION: Return Gulalai Ismail’s passport and right to travel - Join our urgent call for the Pakistan authorities to return Gulalai’s passport and respect her right to travel! On the morning of 12 October 2018 Gulalai Ismail, a prominent peace activist and human rights defender, was detained after returning to Pakistan from the UK. Later that day, after massive international pressure supported by IHEU members [...]
  • UPDATE: Gulalai Ismail released on bail - This morning (12 October 2018) human rights activist Gulalai Ismail was arrested by the Pakistani FIA (Federal Investigation Authority) while re-entering the country from the United Kingdom. The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has been calling upon Pakistani authorities to release her and return her passport, while restoring her freedom to travel. IHEU can confirm that Gualali [...]
  • Blasphemy-accused tell Ireland: time to abolish “blasphemy” law - An unprecedented international coalition of people accused of “blasphemy” in their home countries has called on the “people of Ireland” to vote to remove the “blasphemy” provision in next month’s constitutional referendum. The letter, published today in the Sunday Times Irish edition, implores Ireland to vote for repeal, saying: “You have the opportunity to send [...]
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