Human rights in South Africa (1985)

  • Date / 1985
  • Location / South Africa
  • Ratifying Body / Board of Directors
  • Status / Archived


  1. That Apartheid and other forms of discrimination on the grounds of race are against the principles of humanism;
  2. That the right to knowledge and to express opinions should not be impaired;
  3. That the right of objection to undertaking compulsory military service should be allowed not only on religious grounds but also on the grounds of humanist conscience;
  4. That the right to religious liberty should extend the right to humanists and others, and that the right of religious dissent should be fully protected by law;
    Especially concerned about the recent proclamation of the state of emergency and the curtailment of rights arising from it;We the Board of Directors of the International Humanist & Ethical Union, meeting in Paris on August 4th 1985, therefore resolve

    1. To call on the Republic of South Africa to grant full civil rights and liberties to all the people of South Africa;
    2. To call on humanists in all countries to encourage peaceful and rapid progress within South Africa towards these aims.

Board of Directors 1985

Suggested academic reference

'Human rights in South Africa (1985)', Humanists International, Board of Directors, 1985

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