December 7, 2020 Featured, Press Releases. "[19][20], Five Humanist organisations, the American Ethical Union, American Humanist Association, British Ethical Union (later the British Humanist Association and now Humanists UK), Vienna Ethical Society and the Dutch Humanist League hosted the founding congress of the International Humanist and Ethical Union in Amsterdam, 22–27 August 1952. [74][75] End Blasphemy Laws is "campaigning to repeal "blasphemy" and related laws worldwide. 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 co… 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 … 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. The American Humanist Association has stood as the voice of humanism in the United States for over 75 years. [5] Its official symbol, the Happy Human, is shared with its member organisations worldwide. 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We strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted and respected way to live life. [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. We have two types of membership for organizations: 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 Humanist Movement is an international volunteer organisation following and spreading the ideas of Mario Rodríguez Cobos, commonly known by his nickname "Silo". Time: 3pm UTC. This was after we had a discussion about religion and the importance of making change to solve existing problems. Hear what the HAWG has been doing, ask questions and voice your opinion. The searchable archive of past and present policy – since 1952! They will be joined on the Board by Dr Leo Igwe and Debbie Goddard who join the Board for the first time as general members. The American Humanist Association advocates progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists, freethinkers, and the non-religious across the country. [67] The IHEU later published an interview with Chowdhury about the attack and his escape to Norway. COMMUNITY This group provides a safe space for humanists from across the world. Humanists UK is a member of Humanists International. Humanists UK is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people. 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He was a colleague in humanism and a friend to all who respect human rights, freedom, and the light of reason. "[65], Following the murder of Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy (or Niloy Chatterjee, also known by his pen name Niloy Neel), 7 August 2015, Humanists International again attacked the government and authorities, saying, "Apparent failure to pursue the most obvious lines of inquiry even when initial arrests are made, and media manipulation resulting in conflicting stories, further makes reportage difficult and police operations opaque. [6], The Amsterdam Declaration defines Humanism as a "lifestance" that is "ethical", "rational", supportive of "democracy and human rights", insisting "that personal liberty must be combined with social responsibility"; it is "an alternative to dogmatic religion"; it values "artistic creativity and imagination" and is aimed at living lives of "fulfillment" through the powers of "free inquiry", "science" and "creative imagination". "[76], The "First World Conference on Untouchability" was organised by Humanists International in London, June 2009. The mission of Humanists International is to build and represent the global humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes humanist values worldwide. Humanists International is the trading name of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), a not-for-profit organization registered in New York, USA (501(c)3) and operating as a foreign company in the United Kingdom (FC020642). It advocates a humanist approach to various social issues, contributing to bioethical debates and arguing in favour of sexual and reproductive health and rights, LGBT rights, children's rights and women's rights, and in opposition to slavery and caste discrimination. Its advocacy work focuses on shaping debates on issues associated with humanism, the rights of the non-religious, and promoting humanist attitudes to social issues. Humanists Sweden work for a secular life stance founded on reason, compassion and responsibility. 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. [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"). But demanding genuine democratic equality, recognized by the Law, between believers and humanists does not mean that the member associations of IHEU treat all philosophical points of view equally. Humanists International is the trading name of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), a not-for-profit organization registered in New York, USA (501(c)3) and operating as a foreign company in the United Kingdom (FC020642). Location: Facebook or YouTubeSpeakers: Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, Mauritanian blogger, activist and former prisoner of conscience Debbie Goddard, Vice President ofAmerican Atheists and Board Member of Humanists … [38][39], In his foreword to the first edition of the Freedom of Thought Report, Heiner Bielefeldt wrote: "As a universal human right, freedom of religion or belief has a broad application. 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. [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. Members can be as visible or anonymous as they want in our directory. Profession/Residence: I am a student in Arabic literature, working to be a writer in the near future. "[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. In 2002, at the organisation's 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress, delegates unanimously passed a resolution known as the Amsterdam Declaration 2002, an update of the original Amsterdam Declaration (1952). 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". Humanist Alliance of the Philippines, International (HAPI) is, to date, the only functional and SEC-registered secular humanist organization in the Philippines with outreach programs such as Kids Nutrition Campaign, Secular Humanist Advocacy Development and Education (SHADE), Green Movement, and LGBTQ & Straight Alliance among others. Some prominent cases include: The IHEU delegation at the United Nations Human Rights Council has repeatedly raised the imprisonment and corporal punishment of Raif Badawi for "insulting religion",[52] and Waleed Abulkhair for "disrespecting the authorities",[53] both in Saudi Arabia. Learn more at humanists.international. Humanists International Group has 282 members. If you’re already a member… [81][82], The IHEU makes a number of regular and occasional special awards.[84]. Member Directory . 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. 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.. [77] The Second World Conference on Untouchability was held in Kathmandu, in April 2014. [57] However, a series of machete attacks primarily targeting secular and atheist bloggers and freethinkers in Bangladesh has been especially severe since 2013, and the IHEU has campaigned persistently in response[58] and highlighted the murders at the UN Human Rights Council. The organisation is based in London but maintains a presence at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the United Nations General Assembly in New York, and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, among other international institutions. [69], Following the murder of a student and secular activist Nazimuddin Samad, 6 April 2016,[71] and then the murder of university lecturer Professor Rezaul Karim Siddique, 23 April 2016, Humanists International president Andrew Copson said "Unless the government [of Bangladesh] immediately begins to defend the right to speak and write freely, without adding the unprincipled and anti-secular qualifications that it keeps applying to freedom of expression, then very soon the only voices that will be heard will be those of murderous extremists. 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. Pressure to conform to ideologies of the state or to doctrines of religion is a tyranny. "[63], Following the murder of Washiqur Rahman Babu (or Oyasiqur Rhaman), 30 March 2015, Humanists International republished some of his final writings. Humanists International is the global representative body of the humanist movement, uniting a diversity of non-religious organisations and individuals. 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. 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. "[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. It is a member organisation of Humanists International (HI) and the European Humanist Federation (EHF). The Distinguished Service to Humanism Award recognises the contributions of Humanist activists to International Humanism and to organised Humanism. 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. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality. This ideology is known as New/Universal Humanism or simply "Siloism". I am therefore delighted that for the first time the Humanist community has produced a global report on discrimination against atheists. The AHA brought together a broad coalition of more than sixty national and international faith-based, nontheist, and religious freedom advocacy organizations in supporting House Resolution 512 and its companion resolution in the Senate, Senate Resolution 458. “Humanists rely on reason- and evidence-based decision-making,” Ahmed concluded. This is the group of all Members, Associates and Individual Supporters of Humanists International. Gulalai Ismail , a women’s and human rights activist in Pakistan is under legal threat from the Pakistani government that has charged her with “sedition”. Humanists Sweden (Swedish: Humanisterna) is the largest humanist / rationalist organisation in Sweden with about 4,500 members. [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 want everyone to live a life of dignity in a world where universal human rights are respected and protected, and where states uphold secularism. The International Academy of Humanism was established to recognize distinguished humanists and to disseminate humanistic ideals and beliefs. We have no duty to respect irrationalism, however ancient its origins. I hope it will be given careful consideration by everyone concerned with freedom of religion or belief. 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