Religious Persecution

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Bangladesh and the shrinking space for free thinkers: 'Don't call me Muslim, I am an atheist'
Taslima, Nasreen
Article
2015
Writer Taslima Nasreen fled Bangladesh in 1994 when extremists threatened to kill her for criticizing Islam, and has been living in exile since. Her country has, in recent times, seen many intellectua...
Buddhist Pogropms and Religious Conflicts
Malik, Kenan
Article
2013
Most observers would, rightly, reject the idea that there is something inherent in Buddhism that has led to the violence. Rather, most would recognize that the anti-Muslim violence in both Myanmar and...
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The Deadly Costs of Muslim Sectarianism: Sunni v. Shia
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2011
A war of extraordinary brutality is being waged across the Muslim world which is largely ignored by the media. It is a war in which victims are assassinated or massacred with no chance to defend thems...
From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and its Legacy
Malik, Kenan
Book
2009
Tells the story both of the Rushdie affair and of its transformative impact on cultural and political landscape of the West. The book explores the issues that the Rushide affair raised. in particular ...
Hekmat, Mansoor - Writings - Index
Hekmat, Mansoor
Article
Writings of Mansoor Hekmat (1951-2002).
Homosexuality and Civilisation
Crompton, Louis
Book
2003
Infidel
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan
Book
2007
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali woman who escaped a forced marriage and moved to the Netherlands, where she became a spokeswoman for Muslim women's rights. She tells the story of how her experiences led h...
Know-Nothings of 2010: The New War of the Christian Crusaders
Rosen, David
Article
2010
Over the last four centuries, Quakers, Mormons, Catholics, Jews and many others have been targets of religious persecution, often the victims of imprisonments, hangings, lynchings and other acts of vi...
A Marxist History of the World part 31: Crusade and Jihad
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
The Crusades lasted 200 years and represented the most extreme expression of the futile violence inherent in western feudalism - a murderous attack on the Middle East by western feudal thugs under the...
A Marxist History of the World part 37: The Counter-Reformation
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Neil Faulkner looks at how the Reformation was followed by a counter-revolutionary response which involved a dogmatic reassertion of Catholic orthodoxy: the Counter-Reformation.
On Buddhist Fundamentalism: Hollywood, Please Take Note
Ali, Tariq
Article
2013
Four years after the brutal assault on the Tamil population and the killing of between 8—10,000 Tamils by the Sri Lankan army, there is trouble again. The saffron-robed fanatics, led by the BBS — Bodu...
The Price of Torching Mosques: Burning Rage
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2011
By reminding Palestinians on either side of the Green Line of their common fate, Israel may yet unleash a force too powerful to control. The price tag – this time demanded by Palestinians – will be hi...
Revered Rabbi Preaches Slaughter Of Gentile Babies
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2010
Rabbis who are among the leading idelogues of the growing fascist movement in Israel say that violence against non-Jews, including the killing of babies, is justied by religious law. According to Rabb...
The Road to Civil War: Against The Current vol. 113
Avnery, Uri
Article
2004
Everybody in Israel is talking about the Next War. The most popular TV channel is running a whole series about it.
The St. Petersburg Declaration
Article
2007
We are secular Muslims, and secular persons of Muslim societies. We are believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together by a great struggle, not between the West and Islam, but between the free...
The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain
Preston, Paul
Book
2012
Paul Preston charts how and why Franco and his supporters set out to eliminate all ‘those who do not think as we do’ – some 200,000 men, women and children across Spain.
Strip-Searching Children: Humiliation and Child Abuse at Israeli Checkpoints
Weir, Alison
Article
2007
Israeli officials have been regularly strip-searching children for decades.
Terror in a Christmas Tree : Israel Tries to Ban Non-Jewish Celebrations
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2012
Who would imagine that Israeli Jews could be so intimidated by the innocuous Christmas tree?

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Women Living Under Muslim Law
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information and support for those women whose lives have been shaped by the customs and/or laws of Islam. It extends to more 70 countries and...
Zentralrat der Ex-Muslime
Dem Zentralrat der Ex-Muslime geh”ren Menschen an, die entweder den muslimischen Glauben aufgegeben haben oder die niemals Muslime waren, wenngleich sie aufgrund ihrer Herkunft aus einem sog. "muslimi...

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Women Living Under Muslim Law
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information and support for those women whose lives have been shaped by the customs and/or laws of Islam. It extends to more than 70 countries and links all women who see ...

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Atheist blogger hacked to death with machetes in Dhaka, Bangladesh
2015
Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation...
Exhuming history: censored Jewish text brought to light by Library and Archives Canada
Abma, Sandra
2016
Words that were once lost to history have been brought into the light by book conservationists at Library and Archives Canada. The 16th-century collection of sermons were by a rabbi and philosopher wh...
Human Rights Council resolution on blasphemy
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by a resolution condemning #defamation of religions# which the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on 25 March.
IFJ Backs Indian Calls for "Peace and Tolerance" in Media Reports of Religious Dispute
Sources News Release
2010
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for journalists to play their part in keeping the peace in India where there are fears of community violence in a long-running religious ...
Making blasphemy an offence takes Europe back several centuries
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders condemns #with the utmost firmness# a new defamation law in Ireland that establishes blasphemy as an offence punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros. The law took effect o...
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Lurching to War
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
2016
The risk of nuclear war is as great now as it was at the height of the Cold War. From the time the Warsaw Pact dissolved itself and the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States has single-mindedly pu...
Religious persecution
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Religious persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals as a response to their religious beliefs or affiliations. The tendency of societies or groups within socie...
St. Bartholomew's Day massacre
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
A wave of Roman Catholic mob violence, directed against the Huguenots (French Calvinist Protestants).
Syrian Minority Fear the End of Fighting More Than War Itself
Persecution of the Christians
Cockburn, Patrick
2012
If the opposition National Coalition, recognised by 130 countries as the legitimate government of Syria, does ultimately take power then its most effective fighting force will be Jadhat al-Nusra, with...
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance
Sources News Release
2009
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance.
A year after Charlie, RSF warns against "religious correctness"
Sources News Release
2016
On the eve of the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris and amid controversy about the satirical weekly's latest cover, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) cautions against the insidious...