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The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain's first international conference on Political Islam, Sharia Law and Civil Society held at Conway Hall on October 10 was a resounding success. Nearly 300 people came together to discuss issues ranging from apostasy, the freedom to criticise and renounce religion, Sharia law and civil society and creationism, faith schools and religious education. Held on the International Day against the Death Penalty, the conference was a stark reminder of the many killed or facing execution for apostasy in countries ruled by Islamic laws. (Full Story)
By Miriam Rabkin, Contributor to Tolerance.ca®
Rabbi Arik Ascherman is the Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR). The organization which he now leads was founded in 1988 and considers itself to be the “rabbinical voice of conscience in Israel.” With over one hundred ordained rabbis as its members, Rabbis for Human Rights spans the religious Jewish spectrum with members from the Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Renewal streams. (Full Story)
By Grant Podelco 

Seventeen-year-old Maryam traveled from Kazakhstan to Russia to work as a shop assistant. A man paid her parents $300 and forged her passport so she could work. When she arrived in Russia, armed guards kept Maryam locked in a cell with barred windows, where she was forced to work as a prostitute. (Full Story)

By Jeffrey Donovan

PRAGUE - Rarely do world leaders, past or present, come together to shine a spotlight on political dissidents -- the persecuted heroes of human rights and democracy. But that’s what happened this week (June 5-6, 2007) in Prague. And the Baroque Czernin Palace that houses the Czech Foreign Ministry could not have been a more emblematic venue for the two-day gathering. (Full Story)

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