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UN Human Rights Commission Resolution: Combating Defamation of Religions

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.

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Pew: Egypt, Democracy and Islam

Author: Richard Auxier

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.

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The Caravan: Forfeiting the Future

Author: Manan Ahmed

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.

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