Case Studies — Stories of Success

Here you can find case studies of our work in practice: the stories of challenges we face and how we work to provide positive solutions.

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Case Study / 11 julio 2019

Forming a coalition against «blasphemy» laws

In the aftermath of a terrorist attack, we co-founded a campaign to End Blasphemy Laws worldwide.

A response to tragedy

We have always campaigned against "blasphemy" laws. But in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, Humanists International and several other organizations wanted to redouble and pool their efforts to oppose "blasphemy" laws, in favour of freedom of expression.

Forming a coalition

With several organizations all considering new efforts at exposing the dangers of "blasphemy" allegations and the laws under which they are prosecuted, we co-founded an international coalition of rights groups, including freedom of expression advocates and groups including both religious and humanist or other non-religious perspectives.

Launching the End Blasphemy Laws campaign

By the end of that month the coalition was able to launch a new campaign site, hosted by Humanists International. The End Blasphemy Laws campaign uses data adapted from our Freedom of Thought Report to provide information on "blasphemy" used by activists around the world. With our coalition partners with continue to coordinate on campaign actions, aimed at abolishing "blasphemy" laws worldwide.

A response to tragedy
Forming a coalition
Launching the End Blasphemy Laws campaign
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Case Study / 5 julio 2019

Monitoring discrimination against the non-religious

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.

An invisible minority
Our flagship report
Increased understanding and influence
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Case Study / 2 julio 2019

Humanists Liberia: helping to establish a new national organization

How do new groups start without contacts or resources? We can help.

First steps

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.

The future

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."

First steps
International membership and Café Humaniste
The future
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Case Study / 1 febrero 2019

Café Humaniste

A series of events to spark debate and form new connections.

How to help new groups to grow?

New organizations can struggle to bring people together, especially in countries where 'humanism' may not be an established term. We asked ourselves: how can we help new humanist groups to get their first events running?

Creating an events program

We created a new "Café Humaniste" brand for events events discussing issues of national or international importance, where humanists could come together in a freethinking spirit to share their ideas.

How to organise a Café Humaniste

We reached out to new and developing humanist groups in our network, offering advice, grant funding and other support to run new events and help them to perform their own outreach to potential supporters locally.

How to help new groups to grow?
Creating an events program
How to organise a Café Humaniste
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