Northern Ireland Humanists have successfully persuaded almost all of the major political parties in Northern Ireland to repeal the blasphemy laws, but we must keep up the fight until these laws are officially abolished.
We’re holding a demonstration outside City Hall in Belfast on International Blasphemy Day to highlight the damage that these laws cause internationally and to call for repeal.
Blasphemy laws are a violation of our rights to freedom of speech and expression, and are used around the world as a means of harassing, victimising, and discriminating against religion and belief minorities.
So long as we have these laws on the statue books in Northern Ireland, we’re simply giving legitimacy to countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to use blasphemy laws to persecute religious and non-religious minorities.
In recognition of the harm that blasphemy laws cause around the world, the UK Government repealed them in England and Wales in 2008, and since then Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Malta, France, New Zealand, Canada, and Greece have repealed their blasphemy laws too, with the Republic of Ireland and Spain committing to doing the same very soon. It's time for Northern Ireland to do the same!
Dongell Square N
Belfast, BT1 5GS