Leiden Islam Blog

Dossier: Freedom and Law

  • A generation of invisible children

    A generation of invisible children

    Statelessness is a crucial issue nowadays and not just in the context of the refugee crisis. Children are particularly affected by the negative consequences of the deprivation of nationality. How can states take action to improve this situation?
  • Yazidi women and girls: a story of violence and neglect

    Yazidi women and girls: a story of violence and neglect

    IS is trying to destroy the Yazidi population in Syria and Iraq, targeting women and girls through sexual slavery and other crimes. The international community should intervene to ensure them a better future and bring their perpetrators to justice.
  • LGBT rights in Indonesia

    LGBT rights in Indonesia

    Indonesia is experiencing a heated debate about LGBT rights and how they should or should not be accepted in society. The government doesn’t seem to be able to take a firm stance and protect ALL Indonesian citizens.
  • No social assistance rights for jobseekers

    No social assistance rights for jobseekers

    The Court of Justice of the EU confirms that Member States may prohibit all jobseekers from claiming social assistance without any form of individual assessment regardless of whether they are first-time jobseekers or have been previously been in employment
  • The Danger of Over-Inclusive Human Rights

    The Danger of Over-Inclusive Human Rights

    What do refugees, a child sent home for leopard print hair, and residents displaced due to gentrification have in common? One way or another, their situation is framed in terms of human rights – which may turn out to be a risky development.
  • Blasphemy: a closed Chapter

    Blasphemy: a closed Chapter

    Recently the statutory ban on scornful blasphemy in the Dutch Criminal Code lapsed. What should have been a victory for our neutral state and free speech became stained by an ambiguous decision approving a parliamentary motion.
  • Freedom: An ongoing endeavour

    Freedom: An ongoing endeavour

    The theme of the 440th anniversary of Leiden University is freedom. Good reason to reflect on how centuries of freedom struggles have enriched us. We should also dwell on the question of whether there are calls for freedom that still remain to be answered.
  • Two toothbrushes and half freedom

    Two toothbrushes and half freedom

    Two people fall in love and start spending time together. At some point, they decide to leave an extra toothbrush in their new lover’s bathroom – a decision that may have consequences for their personal freedom.
  • Freedom – finding a home for us all

    Freedom – finding a home for us all

    When Leiden University was founded, freedom meant non-interference by authorities. In the 1960s it was expanded inwardly to living authentic lives. And amidst a mass immigration of boat refugees, the West is still struggling to fully realize its freedom.
  • Press Freedom in Indonesia?

    Press Freedom in Indonesia?

    Press freedom in Papua, Indonesia, appears to be increasing. But do the recent changes at national level indeed guarantee more freedom of the press in the regions?
  • Freedom of Expression: What to do with it

    Freedom of Expression: What to do with it

    PEN America was wrong in praising Charlie Hebdo as a champion of freedom of expression. Exploiting outer limits of legal rights is not the same as responsible conduct within such limits. Why offend for (almost) nothing? Fight terrorism, do not provoke it.
  • An Embedded Freedom of Speech

    An Embedded Freedom of Speech

    The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo has put the freedom of speech back on the agenda. If we are serious about creating a world in which there is room for everybody, we have to rethink the content of this human right, so that it can help us forward.
  • Je suis concerned about political ostrichism

    Je suis concerned about political ostrichism

    The attack on Charlie Hebdo seems to have created a window of opportunity for the Dutch government to swiftly push forward new counterterrorism measures. Are these measures driven by necessity or by other forces?
  • Gaining Freedom, Losing Space

    Gaining Freedom, Losing Space

    Classic international space law instruments promote the freedom of States to explore and use outer space for peaceful purposes, providing only vague restrictions on this freedom. Should the freedom of use be restricted?
  • Femmes for Freedom: fighting against marital captivity

    Femmes for Freedom: fighting against marital captivity

    Last Monday, Sheik Al-Haddad from the London Sharia Council advocated the establishment of a Sharia council in the Netherlands, in order to help Dutch women in Islamic divorce procedures. To follow this advice would be a grave mistake.