INDONESIA. The BLASPHEMY of Indonesia’s Law on “blasphemy”

by Lydia Verniory – Human Rights Lawyer. Foreign Relations Expert. Senior Consultant, former United Nations It all began when Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, was sentenced last year to two years in prison for what the local judicial authorities call ‘blasphemy’.   He had cited a verse from the Qur’an which he said… Read More

CANADA. Human Rights. Investigative journalism. Islamophobia.

Threats to human rights. Reporting from a bureau in Quebec. Islamophobia and human rights Islamophobia. Threats to human rights. New investigative reporting from a new bureau in Quebec. Today, you can make a profound difference by empowering National Observer’s award-winning team to explore where and how rising fascism abroad, and rising incidence of hate crimes… Read More

UZBEKISTAN. Religion has little to do with processes of religious extremism and terrorism

Zaynab M. Dost “In Uzbekistan, political opposition is banned by the law. Under this system, religious groups have positioned themselves as the only opposition “, – the main issues and  specifics of religious extremism in Uzbekistan, as explicated by Zaynab Dost, an independent analyst, specially for CABAR.asia. Despite the fact that Uzbekistan remains a stable… Read More