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 / 1999 / Mumbai, India / World Humanist Congress / Pending Review


The 14th World Congress of the IHEU supports a change to the law in every country. This law would allow…
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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 / 1999 / Iraq / Mumbai, India / General Assembly / Archived

Iraq (1999-01)

The IHEU commiserates with the suffering of the Iraqi people and deplores the economic sanctions, bombings, and use of depleted…
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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 / 1996 / General Assembly / Current

IHEU Minimum Statement on Humanism

Any organisation wishing to become a member of IHEU is now obliged to signify its acceptance of this statement: “Humanism…
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Policy / 1993 / Board of Directors / Archived

Destructive cults and sects

The following resolution was rescinded by the IHEU General Assembly on 8 June 2008 and is therefore no longer in…
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Policy / 1993 / Yugoslavia (former) / Board of Directors / Archived

Yugoslavia and “ethnic cleansing” (1993)

The International Humanist and Ethical Union deplores the intense inter-communal hatred and warfare that have been unleashed in the former…
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Policy / 1993 / Board of Directors / Current

Any Kind of Racism and Nazism

In the wake of great political upheavals in Europe, as well as overpopulation and oppression in many countries in the…
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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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