The Freedom of Thought Report – now in its 11th edition – documents each State’s record of upholding the rights of humanists, atheists and the non-religious. The Report looks at how non-religious people—whether they call themselves atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, or are otherwise just simply not religious—are treated because of their lack of religion or absence of belief in a god. We also consider wider social and ethical issues indicative of the marginalization of humanist values.
Each year, it makes for sobering reading, as we realize that there are few countries in the world that we would categorize as truly free and equal – only seven to be precise. Elsewhere in the world, members of our community are forced to hide their identity and beliefs for fear of stigmatization, ostracism, reprisals by state or non-state actors.
The Report presents an opportunity to
The launch is widely covered internationally, opening a door to conversations in the media that would rarely happen otherwise.
The Report serves as a tool for local and international activists alike to lobby governments for change – providing the evidence-base needed to make reliable and authoritative claims.Each entry – together with all the data – is free to access under a Creative Commons license, which means advocates for human rights can download the entries and take them to meetings with relevant stakeholders.
Thanks to the Report, Humanists International and our Members and Associates are better able to support non-religious people at risk in their own country.
It might be by using information in a country entry to inform a letter of support for an asylum claim. It might be using the report to challenge a State’s long-standing discriminatory policies – often existing because of a lack of understanding about the right to Freedom of Religion or Belief, and the experience of the non-religious.
It allows us to advocate for change at international institutions, such as the United Nations.
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