freedom of speech

  • July 23, 2009

    Irish President Mary McAleese has signed into law the Defamation Act, which includes clauses that create the offence of "blasphemous libel". Civil rights campaigners are dismayed.

  • December 18, 2008

    In recent years the government has introduced a raft of new speech crimes, including incitement to religious hatred and incitement to sexual hatred.

  • November 24, 2008

    The Australian Human Rights Commission is encouraging submissions to a consultation about the current state of freedom of religion and belief in the country. The deadline for receiving them is 31 January 2009.

  • September 13, 2007

    Christians in Europe have been urged to support human rights and religious freedom in Belarus, which is ruled by President Alexander Lukashenko, who some rights groups have described as one of the last hardline dictators in eastern Europe.

  • December 13, 2006

    Peace and civil liberties campaigners have welcomed a legal victory by a group of UK anti-war demonstrators who have established that their rights to public protest were violated when police stopped them from attending a non-violent action against the Iraq war at an airbase.