The resolution reaffirms the humanist commitment to freedom of thought, conscience, expression and belief for all, and the conviction that societies prosper best in conditions where free and rational debate, critical thinking, artistic creativity, and scientific freedom are allowed to flourish.
The resolution follows on from years of humanist-led campaigns around the world to work towards the complete abolition of laws against blasphemy. This includes the work of the End Blasphemy Laws coalition, formed in 2015, and Humanists International’s sustained advocacy work, at the United Nations Human Rights Council and other global institutions, to bring attention to the issue.
Since 2015, “dead letter” anti-blasphemy laws (meaning historic laws that are not actively enforced) have been successfully repealed in countries including Canada, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Norway and Scotland.
The resolution recognized that more work needs to be done to protect humanists, human rights defenders, dissidents and other minorities from persecution legitimized by laws against blasphemy, including through the extrajudicial enforcement of such laws.
It calls on governments, humanist organizations and civil society to work towards: