Blasphemy Laws & Religious Freedom

Becket has long opposed laws banning speech that is “insulting,” “blaspheming,” or “defaming” to religion. Laws like these not only oppress members of minority faith groups, they also repress dialogue within religious traditions.  Below is a list of international religious freedom cases where Becket has appealed to the United Nations, represented a religious group abroad, or made significant contribution to academia on the issue.

U.N. Interventions:

  • Moving Forward: Religious Defamation and Incitement Laws, Intervention at the Durban Review Conference, United Nations, Geneva (Apr. 23, 2009). 
  • Racism and Religious Discrimination: Is the Concept of ‘Defamation of Religions’ Productive?, Intervention at the Tenth Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, United Nations, Geneva (Mar. 24, 2009). 
  • Issues Brief Submitted to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Combating Defamation of Religions (June 2, 2008). 
  • Statement at the Second Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, United Nations, Geneva (Oct. 4, 2006). 

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