The International Humanist & Ethical Union
- Considering that humanism is a positive life stance constituting the foundation of a coherent system of ethical values:
- Noting that international law protects the rights of people to adopt and to maintain their religion or belief (French: conviction)(e.g. Art. 9 European Convention on Human Rights, Art. 18 International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights):
Noting that some East European countries are acting in repressive, or very repressive, ways towards persons of humanist conviction
Calls upon these countries to recognise that if they aspire to membership of the European Community, they must observe the fundamental freedoms which are central to it, and that they should not be accepted into the Community unless they adhere to, and observe, the European Convention of Human Rights.
IHEU congress 1992
Suggested academic reference
'Fundamental freedoms in Eastern European countries', Humanists International, World Humanist Congress, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1992