IHEU UN NGO Representative Matt Cherry Elected Secretary of NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief
IHEU is pleased to announce that Matt Cherry, 35, a member of the IHEU UN NGO Delegation has been elected secretary of the United Nations Non-Government Organizations (NGO) Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. In this position, he will work within the United Nations system to monitor, explore, implement and advance the fundamental human right to freedom of religion or belief.
The NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, which consists of seven members of different faiths, meets sixteen times a year at the United Nations in New York. Its activities include eight monthly speaker meetings where political, religious and human rights leaders and experts explore issues pertaining to religious freedoms.
Matt Cherry is currently the executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS) in Albany, N.Y. and has been for a dozen years a professional leader in the humanist movement in the UK, Netherlands the US. With his new volunteer responsibilities at the UN NGO Committee, Matt Cherry will bring greater visibility to the IHEU and to the Humanist perspective on Freedom of Religion or Belief.