On Freedom of Speech and Censorship


  • Marieme Helie Lucas




I was imprudent enough to bring back from a trip to New York a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, bought at the UN shop, which I gave to my eight-year-old son as a present. For the following months, he persecuted me by ‘claiming his rights’ while making unreasonable demands, booklet in hand. While this is a lovely memory of a bright child, many of the demands I now witness being made by individuals – most often on behalf of their ‘communities’ in furtherance of ‘rights’ – are characterised by the same self-centred immaturity.


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Author Biography

Marieme Helie Lucas

Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian sociologist, taught epistemology in the social sciences in Algiers University for 12 years. She is the founder of the international solidarity network "Women Living Under Muslim Laws" (wluml.org  - no longer alive) and of the network "Secularism Is A Women's Issue" ( siawi.org).

Lamento (2007) by Houria Niati