Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Compulsory Education in Turkey - ECHR

Turkey appeals ECHR ruling on compulsory religion classes in schools


Religion and Human Rights

Op piece on religion and human rights from Open Democracy - Abebe advocates 'partnership with a dose of pragmatism'


Thursday, 11 December 2014

New International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) Report

The new International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) Report is now available, see

According to an article in, the IHEU report shows 'systemic discrimination' in the UK. See

Baroness Anelay on Freedom of Religion

"Safeguarding freedom of religion or belief is "a top human rights priority" for the British Government, Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay of St Johns said.

She was in the Vatican on Wednesday to mark the centenary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See."

See story at

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Sharia Law Guidelines Withdrawn

The Law Society has withdrawn controversial guidelines for solicitors on how to compile “Sharia compliant” wills. This has followed serious complaints that such guidelines penalise widows and non believers.


'Sleepwalking to losing religious freedoms'?

The chief executive of CARE has warned that Britain is in danger of "sleepwalking into losing religious freedoms". In her recent speech she said:

"A philosophy of human rights is emerging without the need for a religious, let alone Christian foundation", adding: "What is clear is that a hierarchy of rights is emerging where religious freedom is trumped again and again."


Monday, 24 March 2014

Baroness Hale: Reasonable Accomodation

The Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Lady Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness of Richmond, has called on UK courts to show respect and provide more legal accommodation for the beliefs of Christians.

Supreme Court judge calls for 'reasonable accommodation' of Christian beliefs

Also article by John Bingham in the Telegraph:

Christian beliefs should be 'accommodated' under law – top judge

Christians in Laos

Interesting piece from "Christian Today" on religious persecution:

Christian converts in Laos told to leave faith or face expulsion


The Economist on Freedom

Monday, 24 February 2014

Scientology Wedding

The question of whether Scientology is a 'religion like any other' is being discussed in the news as a result of the first Scientology wedding in the UK.


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Atheism as a basis for asylum

An Afghan has today been granted asylum in the UK on the basis of his atheist convictions. It is actually a little more complicated than this - he has been granted asylum because- as an apostate - his life would be in danger should he return to Afghanistan.

For the story see: