Since 1952 we have created policy positions on important global issues.

Our policies are passed in-line with our general statement of policy, agreed in 2015.

Here you can search our database of past and current policy papers, which guide the work of our organization.

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Policy / 2016 / Asia / Valetta, Malta / General Assembly / Current

The situation in Iraq and Syria

The crisis in the Middle East represents a grave challenge to all of humanity. The IHEU condemns the use of religion…
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Policy / 2015 / Manila, Philippines / General Assembly / Current

General Statement of Policy

The General Assembly adopts the following IHEU General Statement of Policy of the International Humanist and Ethical Union as an…
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Policy / 2008 / Washington DC, United States of America / General Assembly / Pending Review

Corporal Punishment

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) supports worldwide efforts to abolish the use of corporal punishment for the discipline…
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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 / 1989 / Board of Directors / Archived

Capital punishment (1989)

The International Humanist & Ethical Union: Having regard for the right to life as recognised by article 3 of the…
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Policy / 1989 / China / Board of Directors / Archived

Demonstrations in China (1989)

Whereas students and workers of the People’s Republic of China were engaged in a peaceful demonstration, and, Whereas the demonstrators…
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Policy / 1982 / Germany / World Humanist Congress / Archived

Police Behaviour in Nuremberg (1982)

The International Humanist and Ethical Union, assembled at its 8th World Congress in Hanover, Federal Republic of Germany, August 1-5,…
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Policy / 1974 / Amsterdam, Netherlands / World Humanist Congress / Pending Review

The use of torture

Noting that Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that no one shall be subjected to torture…
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Policy / 1963 / Board of Directors / Archived

Appeal for Preston Cobb (1963)

To the Governor of Georgia, USA: The International Humanist & Ethical Union, which has consultative status with UNESCO, shares the…
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Policy / Australia / Regional Congress / Current

Death Penalty

Whereas the International Humanist and Ethical Union affirms the worth and dignity of every human being and has, through past…
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