freedom of expression

  • 24 Nov 2014

    A new briefing from Amnesty says the Indonesian authorities increasingly make use of a range of oppressive blasphemy laws to imprison individuals for their beliefs.

  • 6 Nov 2014

    Marriage equality is a worthy cause, and UK laws rightly ban discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. But a legal case by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland against a bakery unhelpfully confuses different issues.

  • 15 Oct 2014

    A Manifesto for Secularism was recently launched at a conference in London. While the aim, to counter the religious right, is positive, I have reservations about some aspects.

  • 4 Oct 2014

    Hong Kong’s police failed in their duty to protect peaceful pro-democracy protesters from attacks by counter demonstrators yesterday, says Amnesty International.

  • 3 Oct 2014

    Amnesty International has called on the Bahraini authorities to release a human rights activist detained for posting tweets deemed insulting to the country’s Ministry of Interior.

  • 1 Oct 2014

    The UK government may limit free speech for law-abiding members of minority communities in order to defend British values such as free speech and respect for minorities, home secretary Theresa May has threatened.

  • 30 Sep 2014

    Afghanistan’s new government under President Ashraf Ghani must put the focus on tackling the country’s persistent human rights issues, says Amnesty International.

  • 7 Aug 2014

    The 2014 Commonwealth Games brought moments of sporting glory, and a grand finale with Lulu, Kylie Minogue and Deacon Blue, to Glasgow. It also brought protests exposing the gap between Commonwealth ideals and reality in many member countries.

  • 13 May 2014

    “They showed themselves weak in trying to frighten us.” My grandfather's words about the Blackshirts, born out of his experience of the conflict of Cable Street, have stayed in my mind. As a young child, I sensed their import, even though I had little understanding of the context or the meaning. I revisited his words with an adult understanding in the light of two occasions of weak and ugly behaviours from UKIP supporters over the last few days.

  • 25 Apr 2014

    Supporters of far-right candidate Narendra Modi have condemned a college principal for speaking up for justice and the environment during India’s parliamentary election. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) complained to the Electoral Commission about Frazer Mascarenhas, principal of St Xavier’s College and a Jesuit priest.