Time: 3pm UTC. The searchable archive of past and present policy – since 1952! [67] The IHEU later published an interview with Chowdhury about the attack and his escape to Norway. With your help, we can create a vibrant local humanist community, establish a widely visible presence, and uphold a prominent voice for … Humanists International similarly highlights cases where individuals are accused of "apostasy", such as the blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir currently on death row in Mauritania,[54] and the poet Ashraf Fayadh currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. In 2015 and 2016 the annual edition of the Freedom of Thought Report was launched at the European Parliament in Brussels hosted by the European Parliamentary Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance chaired by Dennis de Jong MEP. [77] Anticipating the event, the BBC News quoted then-Executive Director Babu Gogineni as saying that legal reforms alone would not end caste discrimination: "There are Dalit politicians in India, but nothing has changed. Its annual Freedom of Thought Report indexes the world's countries by treatment of the non-religious and their commitment to freedom of thought and expression. Our flagship publication, recording discrimination against the non-religious globally, Learn more about the work of Humanists International, How we’re working to change the world for the better, Want to help? The organisation highlighted "the failures of the Bangladeshi authorities to bring to justice the individuals and to break the networks behind this string of targeted killings", and also criticised Sweden's rejection of his visa application, commenting, "We call on all countries to recognise the legitimacy and sometimes the urgency and moral necessity of asylum claims made by humanists, atheists and secularists who are being persecuted for daring to express those views. ", In 2014 Humanists International as part of a "coalition of secular groups" led a campaign around the hashtag "#TwitterTheocracy" to protest the social media website Twitter's implementation of tools blocking "blasphemous" tweets in Pakistan. [68], In August 2015 Humanists International coordinated a joint open letter in English and Bangla by a coalition of "Bloggers, free speech campaigners, humanist associations, religious and ex-Muslim groups"[69][70] calling on the president and prime minister of Bangladesh to "ensure the safety and security of those individuals whose lives are threatened by Islamist extremists... instruct the police to find the killers, not to harass or blame the victims... disassociate yourself publicly from those who call for death penalties against non-religious Bangladeshis..." and repeal the laws under which secular bloggers faced arrest and imprisonment. Protecting freedom of expression online is a priority for the British Government and we have consistently argued against attempts to create a new international standard in order to protect religions from criticism."[42]. He was a colleague in humanism and a friend to all who respect human rights, freedom, and the light of reason. Join the HumanistsMN community! Your membership provides the financial support essential to bring you monthly presenters and social, activist, and educational activities year-round. Every year Humanists International publishes The Freedom of Thought Report, which assesses every country in the world on the basis of human rights and the legal status of humanists, atheists, and the non-religious.To produce the report Humanists International works with its member organisations to monitor discrimination and persecution against non-religious people. Humanists UK is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people. 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In January 2015, in part as a response to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, Humanists International alongside other transnational secular groups the European Humanist Federation and Atheist Alliance International and a two-hundred strong organisational coalition, founded the End Blasphemy Laws Campaign. The data from the report is freely available under a Creative Commons license. [34], In 2017, the report found that 30 countries meet at least one boundary condition at the most severe level ("Grave violations"), and a further 55 countries met at least one boundary condition in the next most severe level ("Severe discrimination"). [5] Its official symbol, the Happy Human, is shared with its member organisations worldwide. Contact: Roy Speckhardt, rspeckhardt@americanhumanist.org, 202-238-9088 x109 (Washington, DC, December 7, 2020) – In a momentous victory for the rights of humanists, nontheists, and religious minorities around the world, the American Humanist Association (AHA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for … Humanists International is governed by an international board of directors, whose body is elected by member organisations at annual general assemblies, including a directly elected President. "[13], At World Humanist Congress 2011, in Norway, the Humanists International General Assembly adopted The Oslo Declaration on Peace, which concludes: "We urge each of our member organizations and Humanists globally to work for a more peaceful culture in their own nations and urge all governments to prefer the peaceful settlement of conflicts over the alternative of violence and war. Young Humanists International members form the young humanist communities and campaign for political and cultural change in a diverse range of areas such as religious freedom, women's rights, education rights, abortion rights, LGBTIQ rights, equality, human rights, freedom of speech / thought/belief, public communication of science. In 2002, the Humanists International general assembly unanimously adopted the Amsterdam Declaration 2002, which presents as "the official defining statement of World Humanism". Almost 100 representatives of humanist organizations around the world participated in Humanists International’s first ever online General Assembly. Humanists International is particularly active in challenging blasphemy and apostasy laws around the world and at the UN. "[72], Humanists International, along with its Member Organisation the Dutch Humanist Association, and Hague Peace Projects, organised a "solidarity book fair" in The Hague, 26 February 2016, to coincide with the annual Ekushey Book Fair in Dhaka.[73]. We have two types of membership for organizations: [21][22] On the last day of the congress five resolutions were passed, which included a statement of the fundamentals of "modern, ethical Humanism", a resolution which would come to be known as the Amsterdam Declaration (1952).[21]. The current President of Humanists UK is Professor Alice Roberts and the Chief Executive is Andrew Copson. Profession/Residence: I am a student in Arabic literature, working to be a writer in the near future. Membership is very affordable and comes with many benefits, please Join today. Member Directory . REBECCA HALE (Board Member since 2005) is the Immediate Past President of the American Humanist Association, serving from 2013-2018. Secularism is the demand for equal rights for those who belong to any religion as well as for those who belong to none... For IHEU and its member organizations, the State must be secular, that is, neither religious not atheist. The Humanist International (also known as the International Humanist Party) is a consortium of political parties of the universal humanism (also known as Siloism) ideology, founded in 1989 by over 40 national Humanist Parties.. [31], The report centres around a "Country Index" with a textual entry for every sovereign state. Humanists International is a not-for-profit organisation registered in New York, USA (501(c)3) and operating as a foreign company in the United Kingdom (FC020642). Be a part of the humanist movement – as an individual or an organization, The democratic, defining statement of world humanism, from Humanists International, How and why we mark 21 June as World Humanist Day, Our answers to your frequently asked questions about the humanist worldview, Are you a humanist? [64], Following the murder of Ananta Bijoy Das, 12 May 2016, Humanists International leaked parts of the letter Bijoy Das had recently received from Sweden rejecting his visa application, despite his having being invited to the country by Swedish PEN. We call upon the people of Europe and all who care for freedom, democracy and the rule of law to join us in promoting and protecting them. [4] Humanists International works to stimulate the growth of humanism and freethought and the spread of Enlightenment values around the world by supporting activists to form effective organisations in their home countries. [28] The rebrand to Humanists International, a new operating name for the IHEU, was completed in February 2019.[2]. She was born in New York City to Humanist parents, although they … A staff of four is headed by the current Chief Executive, Gary McLelland, and Humanists International maintains delegations to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the United Nations in New York, and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.[27]. "[41], The report was the subject of a question in the UK Parliament in 2013, to which David Lidington MP responded for the government asserting, "Our freedom of religion or belief policy is consistent with the key message of the International Humanist and Ethical Union's (IHEU) report: that international human rights law exists to protect the rights of individuals to manifest their beliefs, not to protect the beliefs themselves. Join Humanists International and help us campaigning to see a world in which human rights are respected for all. [34], The various annual editions of the Freedom of Thought Report have been reported in the media under headlines such as: "How the right to deny the existence of God is under threat globally" (the Independent, UK);[35] "Most countries fail to respect rights of atheists – report" (Christian Today); and "Stephen Fry's mockery of religion could land him the death penalty in these countries" (the Washington Post). "[3], In 2012 Humanists International began publishing an annual report on "discrimination against humanists, atheists and the non-religious" called The Freedom of Thought Report. [25] The IHEU headquarters is in London. December 7, 2020 Featured, Press Releases. Humanists International is an international NGO with Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, General Consultative Status at the Council of Europe, Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and maintains operational relations with UNESCO. Humanist International has a strategic focus on a range of issues in our advocacy and campaigns work. Founded in Amsterdam in 1952, it is an umbrella organisation made up of more than 160 humanist, atheist, rationalist, secular, skeptic, freethought and Ethical Culture organisations from over 80 countries.[2][3]. 1978: Special Award for Service to World Humanism: 2017: Distinguished Services to Anti-Superstition Award: Humanistisch-Vrijzinnige Vereniging (HVV), Raad voor Inspectie en Begeleiding niet-confessionele Zedenleer (RIBZ), Vrijzinnig Studie-, Archief- en Documentatiecentrum "Karel Cuypers" (VSAD), Dachverband freier Weltanschauungsgemeinschaften (DFW), Bund Freireligiöser Gemeinden Deutschlands (BFGD), Associazione del Libero Pensiero "Giordano Bruno", Coordinamento Nazionale delle Consulte per la Laicità delle Istituzioni, Fundația Centrul pentru Conștiință Critică (CCC), Various regional partner groups of Humanists UK, Europe (European Humanist Professionals (EHP)), Poland (Polish Humanist Association "Sapere Aude"), ETHOS – Etika Tolerancia Humanizmus Občianstvo Sekularizmus, Switzerland (Freethinkers Association of Switzerland), This page was last edited on 10 December 2020, at 19:51. However, there seems to be little awareness that this right also provides a normative frame of reference for atheists, humanists and freethinkers and their convictions, practices and organizations. At the General Assembly Anne-France Ketelaer was re-elected as the Vice-President of Humanists International, and Anya Overmann was elected as the President of Young Humanists International. The range of targets for these attacks began to broaden in the later part of 2015 and throughout 2016 to more often include minority religious individuals and foreigners, culminating in the July 2016 Dhaka attack in Gulshan Thana. As of October 2020, the Board of Humanists International comprises:[29], The aim of Humanists International is to "build, support and represent the global humanist movement, defending human rights, particularly those of non-religious people, and promoting humanist values world-wide". [37], Forewords and prefaces to the various annual editions of report have been written by then-United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, in 2012; two victims of "blasphemy" accusations, Kacem El Ghazzali and Alber Saber in 2013; human rights defenders Gulalai Ismail and Agnes Ojera in 2014; humanist activist and survivor of an anti-secularist machete attack in Bangladesh, Rafida Ahmed Bonya (2015); and United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, in 2016. While Alexander Aan suffers in an Indonesian jail for posting his beliefs to Facebook, his jailer will be honored in New York as a champion of freedom of belief. Founded on December 25, 2013 and launched on the first day of 2014, Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) is a not-for-profit community of progressive secular humanists from all over the world, united with common goals for the greater good of humanity. It is a member organisation of Humanists International (HI) and the European Humanist Federation (EHF). "[40], At a panel event at the European Parliament for the launch of the 2015 edition, Bielefeldt said he "unambiguously welcomed" the report and reiterated with regard to "freedom of religion or belief" that it is "only a kind of short-hand", and "Formulations such as "religious freedom" obfuscate the scope of this human right which covers the identity-shaping, profound convictions and conviction-based practices of human beings broadly. This is the group of all Members, Associates and Individual Supporters of Humanists International. Learn more at humanists.international. 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It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. Pressure to conform to ideologies of the state or to doctrines of religion is a tyranny. I hope it will be given careful consideration by everyone concerned with freedom of religion or belief. [7], In addition to the Amsterdam Declaration's "official statement of World Humanism", Humanists International provides a "Minimum Statement on Humanism":[8]. Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. [80], In 2013 Humanists International criticised the US-based Appeal of Conscience Foundation for awarding their "World Statesman Award" to then-president of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; it argued that the award "is a slap in the face to prisoners of conscience across the world. I am therefore delighted that for the first time the Humanist community has produced a global report on discrimination against atheists. The American Humanist Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that advances secular humanism, a philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms the ability and responsibility of human beings to lead personal lives of ethical fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.. HumanistsMN is a secular community that promotes ethical living, widespread human flourishing, and a healthy planet through its commitment to science, reason, compassion, and creativity. Humanists International campaigns globally on human rights issues, with a specific emphasis on defending freedom of thought and expression and the rights of the non-religious, who are often a vulnerable minority in many parts of the world. Learn more about the rational, ethical worldview that is humanism, Discover a world of humanism: find your nearest group or national organization, Meet the staff, representatives and Board of Humanists International, Recognizing achievement in the worldwide humanist movement, You can reach Humanists International here, Young Humanists International is our youth section, for 18 to 35-year-olds. Christina Robert on New Member Spotlight: Asmaa Radwan (Our First International Member) Molly Wilbur-Cohen on New Member Spotlight: Asmaa Radwan (Our First International Member) Christine Retkwa on Reflections on Fate, Hubris, Betrayal, and Falling Off Camels; Candee Schlicht on New Member Spotlight: Asmaa Radwan (Our First International Member) It shared an office with Humanists UK for many years until 2019. Member Organisations of Humanists International are required according to its membership regulations to have objects that are "consistent" with this understanding of Humanism. Humanists International Group has 282 members. "[15], In 2017, Humanists International held a special conference on threats to humanism and liberal democracy from rising authoritarian populism and extremism as part of its general assembly in London. [36] The report has received coverage in the national media of countries that are severely criticised, for example "Malaysia's free thought, religious expression under 'serious assault', study shows" (the Malay Mail). "[66], A coordinated attack against two separate publishing houses in Dhaka, 31 October 2016, killed the publisher Faisal Arefin Dipon and seriously injured the publisher Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury. Membership is open to humanist organizations and individuals worldwide. It includes the right to change our views or to reject beliefs previously held, or previously ascribed. The mission of Humanists International is to build and represent the global humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes humanist values worldwide. 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Individuals persecuted for expressing their non-religious views (actual or perceived) have frequently been the subject of IHEU campaigns. Through Humanists International, humanists have a place at the table in international affairs. "[76], The "First World Conference on Untouchability" was organised by Humanists International in London, June 2009. On 10 December 2020 Humanist International launches its annual Freedom of Thought Report. I live in Egypt. How she discovered us: I discovered HumanistsMN through an American friend who invited me to a Secular Saturday gathering. Members can be as visible or anonymous as they want in our directory. [23] The President as of 2015 is Andrew Copson[24] (who is also the Chief Executive of Humanists UK as of 2010). COMMUNITY This group provides a safe space for humanists from across the world. "[63], Following the murder of Washiqur Rahman Babu (or Oyasiqur Rhaman), 30 March 2015, Humanists International republished some of his final writings. [33] The 64 boundary conditions include for example: "‘Apostasy’ or conversion from a specific religion is outlawed and punishable by death", which is placed at the worst level of severity, and under the category "Freedom of expression", and: "There is state funding of at least some religious schools", which is a middle severity condition, under the category "Education and children's rights". Humanists Sweden (Swedish: Humanisterna) is the largest humanist / rationalist organisation in Sweden with about 4,500 members. Humanists Sweden work for a secular life stance founded on reason, compassion and responsibility. "[78] The event was preceded by questions in the UK Parliament[79] and guests included Lord Desai and Lord Avebury from the UK House of Lords; Binod Pahadi, Member of the Constituent Assembly, Nepal; and Tina Ramirez, US Congressional Fellow on International Religious Freedom. 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