3,000 PEOPLE KILLED IN SYRIA UPRISING: WHY HAVE THE BRICS COUNTRIES TURNED A BLIND EYE TO THE SITUATION?

The United Nations (hereinafter UN) affirms that as of 14 October more than 3,000 people have been killed in Syria.[1] On 4 of October 2011, the Security Council gathered to discuss the issue. The US, the UK, France, Germany and Portugal proposed a resolution which was vetoed by China and Russia. The media refer to … Continue reading

Egypt and revolution: the human rights violations continue

Image: Ben Curtis/Associated Press I am quite sure that there are many among you following the situation in Egypt closely. Perhaps you’re eager to see an otherwise undemocratic nation become more democratic, thereby giving the Egyptian people a real chance at effective self determination. Maybe you are curious to see what form of government emerges … Continue reading

Top 5 Human Rights Failures of 2010

As the new year begins, most news sites have been putting together their lists of such trivial matters as the top 10 movies or the top 10 sporting moments of 2010. Much of this irrelevant blabber draws great attention, as people look back on fond memories of another year gone by.  But while this distraction … Continue reading

‘Tis the season to be jolly?

It’s that time of year again. The time for giving and receiving, for enjoying the company of family and friends, and perhaps for some reflection on another year gone by. The holiday season, whether you call it Christmas or Festivus is not important, is a time for many people to celebrate the birth of Jesus … Continue reading

COICA: The Bastion of Intellectual Property or the Bane of Freedom of Expression?

Last year during the disputed Iranian elections and the chaos and violence which ensued, after the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected, there was a massive online movement which made sure that the voice of the Iranian people remained heard by the rest of the World, despite the great lengths taken by the Iranian Government … Continue reading

Another victim of blasphemy law

Pakistani Christian woman appeals over death sentence Asia Bibi is believed to be the first woman sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Her husband told the BBC her conviction was based on “false accusations”. Although no-one has ever been executed under the law, about 10 accused have been murdered before the completion of their … Continue reading

Faith and Free Speech: Defamation of Religions and Freedom of Expression

I found a good discussion on the subject of freedom of religion and freedom of expression that is worthy to share. It is a video of a PEN International event that took place on 16 September 2010 in Geneva. In the video one can watch a panel discussion with Dr. Agnes Callamard, director, ARTICLE 19 (UK), … Continue reading

I thought about fire

(Picture from the independent.co.uk) Recently, freedom of speech has been headlining many newspapers around the world. The most notorious case was that of Florida pastor Terry Jones, who had threatened to publicly burn copies of the Koran. The pastor drew attention of the whole world because he was organizing the international “Burn a Koran Day” … Continue reading