Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has analysed the hard-to-define and very subjective concept of the “feelings of believers”, which they call a ‘minefield’. Citing many cases that RWB has monitored in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and even some parts of Europe (the western hemisphere is the exception), the report tackles the issue from three angles. In consequence of their report, Reporters Without Borders:
- Urges international institutions and their affiliated bodies to reject the attempts by the governments of some countries to have “blasphemy” and “defamation of religion” treated as violations of fundamental human rights.
- Hopes that all restrictions on freedom of information and expression in the name of religion will eventually be dropped from the legislation of European countries that aspire to set an example in respect for human rights and pluralism.
- Approves the UN General Assembly resolution of 19 December 2011 but points out that “combating intolerance, negative stereotyping, stigmatization, discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons, based on religion or belief” applies as much to non-believers as to believers, whether in the majority or not.
READ December 2013 RWB report Blasphemy: Information sacrificed on altar of religion