freedom of speech

Bangladesh: a widening gap between secularism and Islam as a religion of state


An historical and political back and forth between secularism and Islam as a religion of state
When Bangladesh won its independence from Pakistan in 1971, the notion of secularism was widely acknowledged as being a founding principle of the nation. It was one of the four principles written in the first Constitution of 1972, the other ones being Democracy, Nationalism and Socialism.

Saudi blogger Raïf Badawi receives Sakharov Price (in abstentia) from the Strasbourg European Parliament


The Sakharov price was created in 1988 by the European parliament, seating in Strasbourg (France) to award eminent defenders of Human rights and the freedom of thought. Its entitlement belongs to the Soviet physicist and dissident, Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov (1921-1989), whose admirable fight for the respect of human rights inspired the European deputies.

Defending encryption and anonymity at the Human Rights Council


On Wednesday 1 July 2015, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, insisted on the paramount importance of encryption and anonymity in digital communications in his first report to the Human Rights Council.

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