Humanists International, the worldwide membership body for humanist and secular groups, has launched the Protect Humanists At Risk crowd-funding campaign for 2019.
The campaign launches today, 21 June 2019, to coincide with the annual World Humanist Day.
Chief Executive of Humanists International, Gary McLelland, comments:
«The appeal to Protect Humanists at Risk raises money for some of the most important parts of our work. In particular it supports our work with individuals who get in touch with us almost every day needing advice or support, in some cases needing urgent security or help with relocation. Our team is continually advocating on behalf of persecuted humanists, atheists and freethinkers, supporting asylum claims where necessary, and sometimes giving emergency grant-funding to people at immediate risk.
«I urge humanists wherever you are around the world to support this work if you can by donating and sharing the campaign for others to see.»
Last year the campaign raised just over £20,000.
You can donate at gofundme.com/humanists-2019.
As the campaign page says:
«We are contacted all the time by humanists facing prejudice or even threats to their life and liberty from their own families; humanists who want to speak out but fear reprisal; and those who have spoken out and now face death threats from extremists or prosecution as «blasphemers».
But there is hope…
Humanists International is working to change this.
We advise and directly support individual humanists at verified risk, from countries where prosecution or violence threaten their fundamental human rights.
We promote human rights, and highlight cases where humanists have been persecuted or prosecuted, at the United Nations Human Rights Council and other international forums.
We research, record and monitor discrimination and persecution against the non-religious in our ground-breaking Freedom of Thought Report.
And with the support of our Member Organizations around the world, we unite the global humanist movement: providing information, sharing best practice and acting as a hub and support network for humanists everywhere.»
This day and every day we work to protect humanists, atheists and freethinkers at risk of persecution under authoritarian states, or violence at the hands of extremists.
Please show your support and help us continue this work: https://t.co/CkLviYs5Uw
— Humanists International (@HumanistsInt) June 21, 2019