UN Human Rights Commission adopted several resolutions on combating defamation of religions since 1999. Resolution 4/9 adopted on March 30, 2007 requires a report on the Human Rights Commission's activities on this issue. On March 24, 2011, the UN passed resolution 16/18, which prohibited discrimination and violence against people because of their religion or beliefs.
Reza Aslan, writer and scholar of religions, discussed the recent wave of political protests throughout Egypt, Iran, and across the Middle East, and addressed Islam's role in democratization, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
Author: Charles A. Kupchan International Herald Tribune
Charles A. Kupchan argues that a more democratic Middle East allows for a greater role by Islam in its politics, and the West should not assume that the spread of democracy in the Middle East also means the spread of Western values.
Writing in Dawn, Pakistani lawyer Asad Jamal chronicles the political pressure and flawed judicial system that lead to the suffering of innocent citizens on blasphemy charges, fracturing society more than preserving religious morality.
This survey by Pew reveals an even split between Egyptians who value a prominent role for religion in government and those who consider religion to play a small role. The poll also explores Egyptians' attitudes towards democracy and other considerations that will factor into Egypt's uncertain future.
More than five years after Danish artist Kurt Westergaard published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, lives continue to be lost. Malise Ruthven of the New York Review of Books investigates why.
Princeton N. Lyman, U.S. senior adviser for North-South negotiations at the U.S. Department of State, discusses Southern Sudan's unanimous vote to secede from the North, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
Manan Ahmed argues that violence over attempts to remove Pakistan's blasphemy laws reveal less about the crass “Islamisation” of the Pakistani public, and more about an entrenched political program that routinely marshals potent symbols against critical voices.
This report from Stratfor Global Intelligence analyzes the recent increase in anti-Christian attacks by Islamists in Egypt, and explains the historical context that has led to an uncertain political future for the country.
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The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.