Friday, October 20, 2017

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Roy’s Final Speech as an IHEU Delegate

As a delegate of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) at the United Nations over a 12 year period, former Head of Delegation, Roy Brown,...

Psychiatric detention and charges against atheist show “Soviet era abuse of psychiatry, apparently alive...

An atheist in Russia, Viktor Krasnov (38) faces the threat of jail time for saying online that, “There is no god” and the Bible is...

Atheists in Kenya must be officially recognised

An atheist group in Kenya has been denied formal registration as a recognised association on the grounds that “The Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that the interests of...

Europe stands with Bangladeshi atheists at Solidarity Book Fair in The Hague

Secular bloggers who fled Bangladesh in fear for their lives, and two survivors of machete attacks, joined human rights organizations at the Bangladesh Solidarity Book Fair...

IHEU appoints new Director of Advocacy

Elizabeth O’Casey has been appointed Director of Advocacy at the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). Chief Executive of the IHEU, Carl Blackburn, said, “International advocacy is a key area of work for IHEU. Elizabeth will be working to create a higher profile for humanists at international institutions and campaigning for progressive policy changes.” Elizabeth [...]

Notice of IHEU General Assembly 2016

The IHEU General Assembly 2016 will take place on Sunday 22nd May 2016, in Valletta, the beautiful fortress city and capital of Malta. The GA will take place from 0900 – 1700 at the Grand Hotel Excelsior (excelsior.com.mt). The hotel is located on the edge of Valletta, and there are a number of smaller inexpensive hotels in the area. [...]

Creationism is dead in Iceland

0.0% of Icelanders aged 25 or younger believe that “God” created the world, according to a new poll. The finding comes from a survey commissioned by the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association,  Siðmennt, (an IHEU Member Organization). The poll found that 93.9% of young Icelanders assent to the Big Bang theory. 6.1% weren’t sure, or had other ideas, and 0.0% of respondents [...]

Freedom of Thought Report 2015

Today the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is launching the Freedom of Thought Report 2015 at the European Parliament in Brussels, and around the world via freethoughtreport.com. The 2015 edition of the report documents how persecution of the non-religious has escalated in the past year. There has been a rise in extrajudicial violence, and in several states harsher [...]

Death for “apostasy” must not stand! Free Ashraf Fayadh

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) joins around 60 human rights organisations internationally, protesting the death sentence handed down last week to Ashraf Fayadh in Saudi Arabia. Following an unfair trial during which he was denied access to a lawyer, Fayadh was variously accused of promoting atheism in his poetry, insulting the Prophet Muhammad, as well as “having [...]

Letter to President Hollande

In the aftermath of the 13 November Paris terror attacks, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) wrote to President Hollande. The open letter from the week after the attacks is now published in full below, in English and in French. (You can also read our public statement on the attacks.) Dear Mr President, I write to [...]