About Humanists International

Humanists International is the global representative body at the heart of the humanist movement.

Inspired by humanist values, we are optimistic for a world where everyone can have a dignified and fulfilling life. We build, support and represent the global humanist movement and work to champion human rights and secularism.

Our values: We support democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

What we do

We campaign on humanist issues. We defend humanists at risk of persecution and violence. We lobby for humanist values at international institutions, including the United Nations. And we work to build the humanist movement around the world. Find out more about the work we do on behalf of the global humanist community.

Our members and supporters

Our Members and Associates include humanist, rationalist, secular, ethical culture, atheist and freethought organisations from all over the world. Our community also includes many individual supporters who share our vision and values.

Find out more about our member organizations around the world. If you represent a humanist or secular organization you can find out more and apply for membership here. If you are interested in supporting us as an individual, you can sign up here.

Below, you can read more about our history, our strategy and how our organization is managed and governed.

Our history

Humanists International was founded in Amsterdam in 1952. Originally five Humanist organizations — 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 our inaugural congress in Amsterdam, 22–27 August 1952, founding the organization that was then called the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). 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 come to be known as the Amsterdam Declaration.

Now registered in New York, USA and Glasgow, UK, Humanists International is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with representation on various United Nations committees and other international bodies. We seek to influence international policy through representation and information, to build the humanist network, and let the world know about the worldview of Humanism.

General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) is the policy making body of Humanists International. It is made up of representatives of Member Organisations and Sections, and the Humanists International Board members.

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Management and Governance

Humanists International, Inc. is a US not-for-profit 501-c(3) registered in New York. Humanists International is also the trading name of Humanists International 2020, a Scottish (UK) charity no. SC050629.

The organization is governed by a Board, elected from among our members and supporters every year at our General Assembly (our equivalent to an AGM). The GA is held in a different country each year, usually at some point between June and August. The GA is usually organized in coordination with a national Member Organization in that country, alongside a conference which is hosted by that Member Organization.

Our strategy

You can view our most recent strategy and annual report below, along with our UK and US financial accounts.

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