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  • #FreeRahaf – Those who ‘renounce’ religion must not be deported to states that persecute ‘apostates’ - The plight of a woman from Saudi Arabia, intending to seek asylum in Australia, has gone viral under the hashtag #FreeRahaf or #SaveRahaf over the weekend. The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) implores all “rights-respecting governments to work together to guarantee her security and freedom”. Using social media, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun raised the alarm [...]
  • Humanists thankful for life of Barrie Berkley - Staff and representatives of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) have been saddened to learn of the death of Barrie Berkley, a long-time volunteer, contributor and passionate proponent of Humanism, both locally and internationally. For decades he worked alongside his wife Jean Berkley on humanist causes, creating and inspiring new initiatives in several countries. [...]
  • Pakistan: religious terrorist groups receive support, while voices of dissent are under attack - by Muhammad Jamal Pakistan is under pressure from the international community, not only for undermining freedom of religion or belief, but also for the apparent support and legitimacy it provides for terrorist groups through some political figures and groups. On December 11, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States had designated [...]
  • Humanists celebrate 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - For Human Rights Day 2018, marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), we asked the elected Board of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) to read parts of the UDHR. Watch and share the video on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. The humanist movement has always supported human rights, including [...]
  • MEPs welcome Freedom of Thought Report at European Parliament - The Freedom of Thought Report 2018 has been welcomed in Brussels by Members of the European Parliament. The report published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) documents legal discrimination and forms of persecution faced by humanists, atheists and other non-religious people around the world. In Thursday’s event organized by the European Humanist Federation, [...]
  • NGOs call for release of Mauritanian Blogger still detained a year after court quashed his death sentence - The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has joined 31 NGOs in calling on Mauritania to release anti-slavery blogger, Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkheitir, who remains in detention despite an appeal Court’s decision one year ago tomorrow to commute his death sentence. The group, which includes, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Freedom Now, the Forum des [...]
  • Asia Bibi acquitted of ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan - One of the world’s most infamous convictions for ‘blasphemy’ has been overturned by the Supreme Court in Pakistan. IHEU calls for “urgent reform” as the supreme court highlights colossal failures of justice in the lower courts. Asia Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, was convicted of ‘blasphemy’ in 2010, and sentenced to death by hanging [...]
  • IHEU launches 2018 Freedom of Thought Report - In a world first, a list of the best and worst countries to be an atheist has been published. The report is published by the world’s leading organisation for the non-religious, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). The IHEU also supports humanists at risk of persecution, and has issued a renewed call for funding [...]
  • Victory: Ireland votes to remove ‘blasphemy’ from constitution - In an historic move, the people of Ireland have voted to remove ‘blasphemy’ from their constitution. The people of Ireland voted Friday on whether to remove a clause from their constitution which states: “blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law”. Exit polls suggest an overwhelming victory for [...]
  • IHEU President helps Danish Humanists celebrate 10 years - The President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, Andrew Copson, travelled to Copenhagen to congratulate the Danish Humanist Association on their 10th anniversary.  Andrew Copson was a special guest a celebration dinner organised to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Danish Humanist Association. Since its founding in 2008, the Danish Humanist Association has [...]
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