Topic / Apostasy

Lashings of mercy: Saudis quash poet’s death sentence

Ashraf Fayadh, above, the Palestinian poet who was sentenced to death last year in Saudi Arabia for ‘doubting the existence of God’, has had his sentence commuted to eight years in prison and 800 lashes. His death sentence for apostasy caused an international outcry with hundreds of writers, actors and artists appealing for his release. […]

Killing apostates is not an infringement of human rights

Back in 2013, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) insisted that complaints of human rights abuses against Malaysia were not genuine. Instead they were part of an evil plan to undermine Islam by imposing a lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) agenda on the country. A leading figure in Jakim is a pipsqueak called Mohd […]

Saudia Arabia imposes death sentence on Palestinian poet

A court in Saudi Arabia this week sentenced Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, above, to death for renouncing his religious faith. Middle East Eye reports that Fayadh, 50, was handed the sentence on Tuesday for “doubting the existence of God”. Ashraf Fayadh was first arrested by religious police in 2013 after a reader complained that one […]

UK charity praises award for Badawi

The UK LGBTI Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has warmly welcomed the news that Raif Badawi, above, has won the European Parliament’s Sakharov prize for human rights. Badawi is the Saudi Arabian blogger, writer, activist, and creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals, an online platform for political and religious debate. He has […]

Africa’s ‘forgotten’ death row inmate

The wife of Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger sentenced to ten years in jail and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, has launched a campaign to free an African writer – Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, above – who is on death row in Mauritania for criticising the ‘prophet’ Mohammed. Ensaf Haider said that while “millions of […]

Barbarism exposed: Saudis are ‘dismayed’

Following reports that a Saudi man is to be beheaded  for posting an online video of himself ripping up a Koran and beating the shredded ‘holy’ book with a shoe comes news that officials are ‘surprised’ and ‘dismayed’ by the way in which human rights violations in the kingdom are being highlighted in international media. Officials, […]

Raif Badawi’s torture

Last May the liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to one thousand lashes along with ten years in prison and a one million riyals fine for ‘insulting Islam’ and setting up a web forum called the Liberal Saudi Network. You know what that sounds like? Why it sounds like the action against the founder […]

No democracy, no freedom under Islam

Responding at the beginning of 2014 to public outrage over an alleged blasphemous article, Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, above, urged calm, telling the protesters he would take: All necessary measure to defend Islam and its prophet. Islam, he added: Is above everything, above democracy and freedom. Today it’s reported here that the man […]

Somalian academic gets death threats

In a recently published book about apostasy, Abdisaid Abdi Ismail set out to show that ‘Islam is the religion of humanity and mercy, and it values above all the life of human beings’. Hardliners now want him dead for … apostasy. In an October interview with the Somalian website Sabahi, Adbi argued that “there is […]

Sudanese ‘apostate’ is now in Italy

MARIAM Yahya Ibrahim Ishaq, 27, the woman at the centre of international outrage when she was sentenced to death earlier this year for “apostasy”,  is now in Italy thanks action taken by of the Italian authorities. The mother of two was sentenced to death by a Sudanese court in May on charges of converting from […]