A Global Blasphemy Code Would Undermine Rights
We agree that the State Department’s Religious Freedom Report comes at crucial moment for religious tolerance. One important issue highlighted in the report is the opposition of the United States to the controversial ‘defamation of religions’ resolution at the United Nations - in effect a global blasphemy code. We at Human Rights First continue to call on governments to oppose the harmful resolution, and to make our case stronger we’ve released a report documenting numerous cases that expose the negative effects of blasphemy laws, presenting over 50 cases that demonstrate how accusations of blasphemy have resulted in arrests and arbitrary detentions and have sparked assaults, murders and mob attacks.
Our advocacy is making an impact, as more delegations at the United Nations are growing weary of the need to criminalize 'defamation'. Today, Human Rights First is reaching out to delegations with our analysis of the latest version of the resolution. We hope to maintain the momentum we've helped build and keep pressing for the resolution's defeat during the current General Assembly session.