A report on discrimination and persecution against humanists, atheists, and the non-religious.
An invisible minority
Humanists, atheists and the non-religious face discrimination in many countries. In very religious societies or authoritarian regimes they can be targeted for speaking out. Yet the idea of a non-religious minority facing their own distinct set of issues was little talked about by human rights bodies. We wanted to change that.
Our flagship report
We worked with our Members and volunteers to produce a new annual human rights report: The Freedom of Thought Report. First published in 2012, the report considers every country in the world, documenting discriminatory laws and overt persecution specifically against non-religious people.
Increased understanding and influence
The Freedom of Thought Report has become the go-to place to find out more about human rights violations and discrimination faced by non-religious people. It is quoted in UN reports, books on human rights law, and utilized by human rights activists and NGOs.
How do new groups start without contacts or resources? We can help.
A Liberian humanist wrote to us saying, "I am contemplating on starting a humanist organization in Liberia." We began by providing helpful guides on running a humanist group, assisting with the development of a visual identity, and promoting the group's new social media accounts.
International membership and Café Humaniste
Humanists Liberia was welcomed into the membership of Humanists International and then received a grant from our Café Humaniste programme to organize their first ever event.
Looking beyond the success of the first Café Humaniste, the new organization's president said: "We are gearing up for the World Humanist Day celebration on 21 June. Humanists International is helping us greatly."