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fot-report-booklet-2015The Freedom of Thought Report is an annual survey on discrimination and persecution against non-religious people in countries around the world.

It is published each year on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

The latest report is available free to download on the dedicated website.

The first edition was published on 10 December, 2012, and grew out of work by several IHEU Member Organisations. In his preface to the report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, said:

Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

“As a universal human right, freedom of religion or belief has a broad application. 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. I am therefore delighted that for the first time the Humanist community has produced a global report on discrimination against atheists. I hope it will be given careful consideration by everyone concerned with freedom of religion or belief.”


The report has expanded and evolved with each annual edition, and now covers every country in the world. The IHEU asks its Members, experts and other relevant parties to make submissions for the report throughout the year.

Find out more about the report including the full download at the dedicated website:

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