Beatrice Louis

International lawyer, sexual violence researcher, e-governance and democracy activist. You can follow her on twitter @lblwcri and see more of her work at

August, 2017

June, 2017

  • 30 June

    Should Religious Bigotry Towards LGBT People go Unchallenged?

    Even vague intolerance or irrational attitudes towards LGBT people should not be left unchallenged, simply because it is in the guise of a minority religion Earlier this week, in anticipation of the various Pride marches being held in various parts of the world,  Al Jazeera reported that Sweden’s far-right had …

  • 13 June

    CNBC Report on Resignation of US Ambassador to Qatar – Fake News?

    Ambassador, Qatar, CNBC, Fake news

    In what appears to be a staggering example of the germination and runaway dissemination of fake news, there is considerable turmoil among U.S. media outlets as to whether Ambassador Dana Shell Smith, current U.S Ambassador to Qatar, has resigned or retired. The controversy over the position of the envoy to …

  • 4 June

    Stop the Cliched Responses to Islamic Terrorism

    As we recover and look for solutions, can we avoid the tiresome cliches dominating the response, and find the discipline to focus only on the problem?

  • 3 June

    Kabul Under Attack – 20 Dead and Over 87 Injured

    kabul, funeral, explosion

    20 people have been confirmed dead, and over 87 reported to be injured, in blasts in Kabul that rocked the funeral of the son of a senator in Kabul.

May, 2017

  • 18 May

    “Interpretation!” Is Not an Acceptable Reply to Criticism of Religious Texts

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    Religion, its role in society, its importance and the liberties it is accorded are in the news again. Particularly when it comes to matters of social equality, the argument that a given religion or ideology is fundamentally skewed against socio-cultural progress meets with swift denial and the insistence that religious import depends on interpretation. This …

April, 2017

  • 24 April

    Why has Saudi Arabia been elected to a UN Commission on Women?

    In a move bound to invite the scorn, disillusionment and anger of women’s rights advocates from all over the world, as well as confirm the general impression among many that the UN is failing as a guardian of human rights, Saudi Arabia was elected via secret ballot in the UN …

  • 24 April

    Blasphemy Laws Violate Basic Human Rights

    Blasphemy, Human Rights,

    Blasphemy Laws violate our right to freedom of religion. If a state is to protect this right, it cannot condemn atheists and critics of religion.

  • 14 April

    How Should We Judge Ayaan Hirsi Ali?

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Liberals,

    Irrespective of whether you agree or disagree with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, she has lived and experienced a world that her critics, by and large, have not.