Friday, 29 March 2013

UN HRC Draft Resolution on Religion

From Reuters:

"The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a resolution drafted by the EU calling for an end to religious intolerance and violence and for all governments to observe freedom of religion and belief.

Introducing the non-binding resolution to the council, the EU described it as condemning "all forms of violence against, intolerance towards and discrimination of people on the basis of their religious or non-religious identity." "

However the Resolution has been criticised by some Atheist groups:

"Elizabeth O'Casey of the U.S.-based Centre for Inquiry said the EU refusal to include a direct reference to non-believers as needing protection alongside religious minorities "fails many millions of people across the globe".

According to Sonja Eggericks, president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, "[t]he wording of this resolution shows how the world, even the secular West, ignores the plight of atheists and other non-believers in many countries,"

But officials from the 27-member EU said they believed it was clear that the resolution - passed by consensus in the council where in the past there have been fierce struggles over religious freedom - covered believers and non-believers..."

See http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/22/us-rights-atheists-eu-idUSBRE92L0N520130322

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Conservative MP's Private Members Bill (re HRA)


Update on the Private Members Bill from the National Secular Society:

"Conservative MP's Private Members Bill that sought to replace the Human Rights Act with a "UK Bill of Rights and Responsibilities" was withdrawn at the Second Reading last month.The Bill, which was presented by Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal, was entitled the Human Rights Act 1998 (Repeal and Substitution) Bill.

The Bill would have included special privileges and exemptions for religion...

...The Bill that he proposed would have reduced the circumstances in which it was permissible to limit the right to manifest religion to the cause or incitement of physical harm to others."

Read the full atricle at: http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2013/03/evangelical-mps-attempt-to-dismantle-human-rights-act-and-permit-religion-to-do-whatever-it-likes-falls-in-the-house-of-commons

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Claim that applicant was refused job on basis of religion

"Graphic artist Jamie Haxby, who was turned down for work at Prested Hall Hotel, Feering, Essex for being a Christian

Mr Haxby has now lodged a complaint with the East London employment tribunal, saying: 'I have been unlawfully discriminated against for reasons relating to my Christian faith.' The Christian Institute, which is supporting Mr Haxby, said: 'Jamie's case is shocking, and shows that discrimination against Christians is getting more brazen. 'There's no place for this anti-Christian intolerance at the hands of aggressive atheists. It's high time the Government took the issue more seriously.'"

Read the article at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2294472/You-work-youll-upset-atheists-What-hotel-told-jobseeker-discovering-committed-Christian.html

Sunday, 3 March 2013

UK Withdrawal from ECtHR?

Adam Wagner answers some key questions....

http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2013/03/03/what-would-happen-if-the-uk-withdrew-from-the-european-court-of-human-rights/