Tag: Insulting Religion

Iranian Human Rights Activist Jailed for 6 Years Over Facebook Posts

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, an Iranian 36-year-old human rights activist and writer, was sentenced to six years in prison over charges of ‘insulting Islamic sanctities’ and ‘spreading propaganda against the system’ for her Facebook posts supporting political prisoners in Iran. Golrokh was arrested at her home by Iranian security forces without official summons on October 24, 2016. She was taken to the notorious Evin prison, where…

Bahraini Blogger Sentenced to Jail Over “Insulting Religion” on Twitter

Faisal Hayyat, a prominent blogger and sports journalist, was sentenced on November 29 by a Bahraini court to 3 months imprisonment for ‘insulting a sect and a religious figure’ on Twitter. Hayyat was arrested on October 9, a few days after posting tweets critical to the Bahraini government. On his tweets Hayyat commented on events from early Islamic history. The conviction was based on article 209 of the…

Indian Rationalist In Exile For Over 4 Years After Being Accused of Blasphemy

Sanal Edamaruku, a 61-year-old Indian man, was forced to flee India after being accused of blasphemy over exposing claimed “miracle” at a local church in Mumbai for being a fraud. Edamaruku has been living in Finland in the past 4 years to evade his arrest. Edamaruku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association, describes himself as a ‘miracle-buster’ who aims to demystify false superstitious beliefs.…

India: Blogger Arrested Over ‘Blasphemy Against Islam’ on Facebook

In the early hours of September 15, 2016, prominent atheist blogger and ‘freethinker’ Tarak Biswas was arrested at his home in West Bengal over a Facebook post which was considered critical of Islam. Mere minutes after his post was made, a First Information Report (or FIR) was filed by local Trinamool Congress leader Sanaullah Khan, demanding that the Howrah Police Commissionerate take action…

Egypt: Satirical Group “Street Children” Arrested Over YouTube Videos

Six members of the online Egyptian satirical group Atfal al-Shawarea (or “Street Children”) were arrested over the course of early May after uploading numerous satirical videos to YouTube and Facebook, mocking the current Egyptian regime. Charges range from “religious contempt” to ‘incitement to participate in demonstrations and gatherings”, with additional accusations of using the Internet to promote terrorist ideas. The members…

Mauritanian Blogger’s Death Sentence Upheld

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, a 29 year-old Mauritanian blogger, was sentenced to death in December 2014 on the charge of apostasy after he wrote an article about the Prophet Mohamed and his use of the caste system. His sentence marked the first such charge to carry a death sentence since Muslim-majority Mauritania’s independence from France in 1960. An appeal court has…

Blogger Arrested in Kuwait for Insulting Prophet Muhammad on Twitter

Sara Al-Drees, a 28-year-old Kuwaiti blogger and teacher, was arrested on dawn of 23 November at Kuwait International Airport upon arrival from overseas. Her arrest followed an arrest warrant issued against her by the public prosecution, after a lawyer had filed a complaint earlier this month claiming that Al-Drees insulted Prophet Muhammad on her Twitter account. Al-Drees, who teaches high-school students about human…