Badawi’s Attorney Now in Prison Too

We know how Saudi Arabia treats atheists and any other religious minority, but apparently you can be thrown in jail for defending them in court as well. Raif Badawi's attorney, Saudi human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, has been arrested for “breaking allegiance to and disobeying the ruler." He wrote about his impending arrest before it happened: … [Read more...]

UN Experts Strongly Criticize Saudi Arabia Over Badawi

A group of United Nations Special Rapporteurs has issued a statement strongly criticizing Saudi Arabia over the brutal sentence handed down against Raif Badawi for nothing more than expressing the fact that he's an atheist and creating a platform to allow others to do so. … [Read more...]

Anti-Gay Violence has Increased Ten-Fold in Uganda

As human rights activists warned and as any rational person predicted, the passage of a brutal new anti-gay law in Uganda has resulted in a huge increase in violent attacks on gay people in that country. I'm sure Scott Lively will be along any minute to tell us it's all made up. … [Read more...]

Badawi’s Oppressive Punishment Gets Worse

Raif Badawi, the atheist imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for blasphemy, has had his sentence made even worse than it already was. This comes only a few days after the Center for Inquiry held a protest at the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC. … [Read more...]

Open Immigration as Humanitarian Necessity

Freddie DeBoer has what I think is a great idea. Rather than using the military for "humanitarian intervention" around the world, why not open up our immigration policies to take in those who find themselves oppressed or in danger in other countries? … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia Clueless About Human Rights

This may go down in the all-time annals of chutzpah. The Saudi Arabian government is complaining that the government of Norway isn't doing enough to protect the human rights of Muslims. You know, like the "human right" to never hear anyone criticize their religion. … [Read more...]

El Ghazzali Criticizes Blasphemy Laws at the UN

Kacem El Ghazzali, an atheist blogger from Morocco who now lives in exile in Switzerland because of that country's authoritarian blasphemy laws, addressed the UN Human Rights Council and strongly criticized the use of blasphemy laws, including by several of the nations that sit on that council. The International Humanist and Ethical Union has the transcript of his brief speech. … [Read more...]

EU Wants Saudis to Respect Religious Freedom

This news is about a month old, but the European Union has approved a report calling on Saudi Arabia to respect religious freedom. Unfortunately, that declaration says nothing about the right of the non-religious not to practice a religion or the right to criticize religion. … [Read more...]

Rice the Latest Foreign Policy Hypocrite

Former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice joins the long list of current and former officials showing breathtaking but predictably hypocritical positions on Russia's invasion of Crimea and other activities in the Ukraine. … [Read more...]

Pussy Riot Members Violently Attacked

A few of the members of Pussy Riot may be out of prison, but they clearly aren't out of danger. They've been arrested, struck with whips and now had acid thrown on them and been beaten by a mob of thugs at a McDonald's in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. … [Read more...]

Community, Not Religion, Fosters Charitable Giving

David Campbell, a political science professor at Notre Dame and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, writes in Time magazine about a study he did with another scholar that shows that community, not religion, is what promotes charitable giving. … [Read more...]

The Farce of the UN Human Rights Council

Erasmus at The Economist writes about the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is little more than a bad joke. The council is made up of 46 nations, many of them with an absolutely appalling record on human rights (including the United States, by the way). … [Read more...]