Badawi Lawyer Gets 15 Years in Prison

Waleed Abulkhair, the Saudi human rights activist who was Raif Badawi's attorney in his blasphemy trial, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in that country for "inciting public opinion against the government" and "insulting the country's leaders and judiciary." … [Read more...]

Did Saudi Arabia Hurt Themselves?

You've probably seen stories about the Saudi Arabian delegation trying to quash the statement of a CFI representative about the Raif Badawi prosecution and brutal punishment for being an atheist. My friend Michael De Dora, CFI's director of public policy, says they only hurt themselves with their behavior: … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia Tries to Censor Criticism in UN Human Rights Council

Monday morning, a representative of the Center for Inquiry was speaking at a meeting of the United Nations Council on Human Rights and was criticizing Saudi Arabia for its barbaric treatment of those accused of "blasphemy," especially Raif Badawi. The Saudi representative tried three times to prevent her from speaking. … [Read more...]

Meriam Ibrahim Freed by Sudanese Appeals Court

In a huge victory for human rights, Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian women in the Sudan that was sentenced to death for apostasy, has been released from prison after an appeals court overturned her conviction on those hideous charges. Now she has to get the hell out of that country. … [Read more...]

UN Human Rights Chief Decries Honor Killing

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay strongly condemned the honor killing of a pregnant woman in Pakistan by her family as revenge for her marrying a man they did not approve of (they nearly killed him as well, but he apparently survived). … [Read more...]

Sudan’s Inane Response to Criticism

The Sudanese embassy has released a patently ridiculous and self-contradictory statement regarding the death sentence they have handed down on a pregnant woman for apostasy after she converted to Christianity and married a Christian. Try to parse this bullshit: … [Read more...]

National Leader Condemns Humanism, Secularism, Human Rights

A Christian prime minister came out bluntly in a speech last week and condemned humanism, secularism and human rights as a threat to the religious-based morality that is so important for maintaining national cohesion and stability. … [Read more...]

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...]