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Policy / 2010 / Brussels, Belgium / General Assembly / Current

Education in schools

Education should fit the individual for life as a full participant in society, and teach self-respect and respect for the…
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Policy / 2011 / Oslo, Norway / World Humanist Congress / Current

The Oslo Declaration on Peace

The 2011 World Humanist Congress, gathered in Oslo, Norway, on 12-14 August 2011, adopted the following declaration on peace: The…
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Policy / 1972 / Board of Directors / Current

Penal reform

The IHEU strongly supports international movements for penal reform. We do not deny that modern states need prisons of one…
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Policy / 2005 / Paris, France / World Humanist Congress / Current

The Paris Declaration 2005

The 16th World Humanist Congress unanimously agreed the following declaration formulated by Libre Pensee Francais. The Congress was held in…
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Policy / 2011 / Oslo, Norway / World Humanist Congress / Current


The 2011 World Humanist Congress notes that: Kofi Annan referred to corruption as an ‘insidious plague’, that ‘undermines democracy and…
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Policy / 1999 / Mumbai, India / General Assembly / Current

Caste System

Humanism requires that nowhere in the world will people be discriminated on the basis of colour, creed, language or religion.…
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Policy / 1986 / Oslo, Norway / World Humanist Congress / Current

Sexual exploitation of children

In many parts of the world children are kidnapped or bought to be exploited by a cynical sex and pornography…
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Policy / 1993 / Board of Directors / Current

Genital mutilation of females

The International Humanist & Ethical Union Noting that the United Nations in its charter declares the dignity and worth of…
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Policy / 1997 / London, United Kingdom / Board of Directors / Current

Religious abuse of children

Whereas children’s rights have gained official recognition ever since 1990 when the United Nations hosted the World Summit on Children…
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Policy / 1982 / Hanover, Federal Republic of Germany / World Humanist Congress / Current

Young People

The International Humanist & Ethical Union, assembled at its 8th World Congress in Hanover, Federal Republic of Germany, August 1-5,…
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