Archive for the ‘Blasphemy’ Category

Free Saudi Arabian Blogger Raif Badawi!

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Some of the writings of Raif Badawi

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10.6.2015 Demo Bern

12:00 Casino Place

7.6.2015 Sentence upheld!

Raif Badawi’s full sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes has been upheld by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court. He is a prisoner of conscience and at imminent risk of public flogging.

16.4.2015: Bern


28.3.2015: Lausanne

11:00, Escaliers de l’église St. Laurent

27.3.2015: Zürich

17-18.30 Uhr, Bahnhofbrücke

21.3.2015: Lausanne

11:00, Escaliers de l’église St. Laurent


Lausanne:  11:00, Escaliers de l’église St. Laurent


Zürich: 17-18.30 Uhr, Bahnhofbrücke


Bern: 12:15 Uhr, Casinoplatz.


Bern: Donnerstag, 5.3.2015: 12 Uhr, Casinoplatz.


Lausanne : 11:00, Escaliers de l’eglise de St. Lauren


Zürich: 17.00 – 18.00, Bahnhofbrücke


Lausanne 11:00, Escaliers de l’eglise de St. Laurent


Basel 18:30, Theaterplatz (beim Tinguely-Brunnen); Infos hier.


Lausanne: 14., 21., 28 Februar, 11:00, Escaliers de l’eglise de St. Laurent


FLOGGING SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 13th DID NOT TAKE PLACE! REASONS AGAIN UNKNOWN. This is the fifth week where Raif has not been flogged. Raif received 50 lashes in public on Friday, January 9th during prayer time in Jeddah. Raif remains at risk of flogging as long as the court verdict and sentence remains in place.


Basel: 12. Februar, 18:30, Theaterplatz (beim Tinguely-Brunnen); Infos hier.
Zürich: 12. Februar, 16.30 – 18.00, Bahnhofbrücke
Genf, 12. Februar, 18.00, Place des Nations


Bern: Donnerstag, 5.2.2015: 12 Uhr, Casinoplatz.
Basel: Donnerstag 5.2.2015: 18:30 Ort noch nicht bekannt:


Lausanne: 11:oo : Démo devant l’Eglise St. Laurent


Flogging postponed again:


Bern: Thursday, 29 Jan.: 12:00, Casinoplatz. Infos
Basel: Thursday, 29 Jan.,  18.30, Marktplatz. Infos


Lausanne: Wednesday, 28 Jan., 18:00: Démo devant l’Eglise St. Laurent


Demonstration: 12:00 Casino Berna.




Saudi Arabia postpones 1,000 lashes sentence for blogger
12:00 :FAS members at demonstration in Bern:























Switzerland urges immediate halt to flogging in Saudi Arabia
UN and EU seek end to free speech activist Raif Badawi’s punishment and call for Riyadh to end lashing penalty


Raif Badawi’s Lawyer, Waleed Abu Al-Khair, Sentenced to a Full 15 Years in Prison



FAS urges Swiss government to interfere in favor of Raif Badawi

Paris: 4 cartoonists including chief editor shot dead – in the name of the prophet

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: First Ever Report on The Rights and Treatment of Atheists and the Non-religious in Every Country in the World

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A new report launching today, Tuesday, examines every country in the world for legal discrimination and human rights violations which specifically affect atheists, humanists and the non-religious.

  • Atheists can face death sentences for apostasy in twelve state
  • In 39 countries the law mandates a prison sentence for blasphemy, including six western countries
  • The non-religious are discriminated against, or outright persecuted, in most countries of the world

The “Freedom of Thought” report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, IHEU, found widespread discrimination by governments in every region. (An inaugural edition in 2012 contained 60 countries; the 2013 edition has been expanded to cover every country.)

Full report:

Blasphemy prosecutions rise with social media

Monday, December 10th, 2012

New report highlights persecution of atheists

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has produced the first report focusing on how countries around the world discriminate against non-religious people. Freedom of Thought 2012: A Global Report on Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists and the Non-religious has been published to mark Human Rights Day, Monday 10 December.

Freedom of Thought 2012 covers laws affecting freedom of conscience in 60 countries and lists numerous individual cases where atheists have been prosecuted for their beliefs in 2012. It reports on laws that deny atheists’ right to exist, curtail their freedom of belief and expression, revoke their right to citizenship, restrict their right to marry, obstruct their access to public education, prohibit them from holding public office, prevent them from working for the state, criminalize their criticism of religion, and execute them for leaving the religion of their parents.

The report highlights a sharp increase in arrests for “blasphemy” on social media this year. The previous three years saw just three such cases, but in 2012 more than a dozen people in ten countries have been prosecuted for “blasphemy” on Facebook or Twitter, including:

  • In Indonesia, Alexander Aan was jailed for two-and-a-half years for Facebook posts on atheism.
  • In Tunisia, two young atheists, Jabeur Mejri and Ghazi Beji, were sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for Facebook postings that were judged blasphemous.
  • In Turkey, pianist and atheist Fazil Say faces jail for “blasphemous” tweets.
  • In Greece, Phillipos Loizos created a Facebook page that poked fun at Greeks’ belief in miracles and is now charged with insulting religion.
  • In Egypt, 17-year-old Gamal Abdou Massoud was sentenced to three years in jail, and Bishoy Kamel was imprisoned for six years, both for posting “blasphemous” cartoons on Facebook.
  •  The founder of Egypt’s Facebook Atheists, Alber Saber, faces jail time (he will be sentenced on 12 December).

“When 21st century technology collides with medieval blasphemy laws, it seems to be atheists who are getting hurt, as more of them go to prison for sharing their personal beliefs via social media,”

said Matt Cherry, the report’s editor. “Across the world the reactionary impulse to punish new ideas, or in some cases the merest expression of disbelief, recurs again and again. We even have a case in Tunisia of a journalist arrested for daring to criticize a proposed blasphemy law!”

The United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, welcomed the research. In a foreword to the report Bielefeldt notes that there is often “little awareness” that international human rights treaties mean freedom of conscience applies equally to “atheists, humanists and freethinkers and their convictions, practices and organizations. I am therefore delighted that for the first time the Humanist community has produced a global report on discrimination against atheists. I hope it will be given careful consideration by everyone concerned with freedom of religion or belief.”

Freedom of Thought 2012 report is available from: Freedom of Thought 2012.pdf

Freethinkers Association of Switzerland is a member of IHEU since 1984. In cooperation they have helped to free Dr. Younus Shaikh 2004 from death penalty for blasphemy in Pakistan and atheist blogger Kaczem Ghazali 2011 from Marocco.

CNN: Debunking “weeping Jesus” enforces exile

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Facts versus faith: As he exposed the “miracle” of the drippling Jesus in Mumbai, revengeful Catholic Church leaders vow to harass Sanal Edamaruku with an array of blasphemy cases. The harassment has started:


NL: majority support for scrapping blasphemy laws

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

There is now majority support in parliament for an end to the ban on blasphemy because VVD Liberal MPs have thrown their weight behind the plan. The VVD refused to support efforts to lift the ban during the life of the previous government in order not to upset the fundamentalist Christian group SGP, whose support was needed in the upper house of parliament.

Support for Sanal Edamaruku!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A petition for “anticipatory bail”, filed by Sanal Edamaruku to the Delhi High Court, has been turned down on formal grounds. One of the reasons given by the judge is a plain cynicism: There was “no apprehension of arrest” since Sanal did not receive any official document from the Mumbai police and it was therefore uncertain if at all any charges had been filed against him! In fact, in violation of the official procedure the police has so far refused to serve any written notice. However, the charges registered under C.R. No. 61 of 2012 with Juhu Police Station, Mumbai and C.R. No. 124 of 2012 with M.I.D.C. Police Station, Andheri (East), Mumbai for offence under section 295-A of I.P.C. are very much for real!

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India: Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic “miracle”

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

As he exposed the “miracle” of the drippling Jesus in Mumbai, revengeful Catholic Church leaders vow to harass Sanal Edamaruku with an array of blasphemy cases. The harassment has started. Sanal can be arrested any moment.
On 10th March, Sanal Edamaruku flew to Mumbai. The TV channel TV-9 had invited him to investigate a “miracle” that caused local excitement. He went with the TV team to Irla in Vile Parle to inspect the crucifix standing there in front of the Church of Our Lady of Velankanni. This crucifix had become the centre of attraction for an ever growing crowd of believers coming from far and wide. The news of the miracle spread like wild fire. For some days, there were little droplets of water trickling from Jesus’ feet. Hundreds of people came every day to pray and collect some of the “holy water” in bottles and vessels. Irla was about to become a pilgrimage centre.


Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Wielding a blow-dryer, a leading atheist conducted a mass “de-baptism” of fellow non-believers and symbolically dried up the offending waters that were sprinkled on their foreheads as young children.

Bischof verbietet Narrenmesse

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Nach Protesten der Pro Ecclesia hat Bischof Huonder tatsächlich gehandelt: Er hat den geplanten Gottesdienst von für Fasnächtler in Schwyz verboten.

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