ECUMENICAL NEWS – «The U.N. statement, written by special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye was endorsed by seven others.
It cited “a string of severe punishments against individuals for the holding and expressing of opinions, including human rights defenders and bloggers Raif Badawi and Mikhlif al Shammari, and the poet Ashraf Fayadh.”
It noted, “As the world struggles to fight terrible forms of violence, national authorities everywhere should avoid targeting freedom of expression, especially against those who advocate tolerance, respect and human rights.”»
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